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Labour resolves security issue for party conference

Annual conference at ACC Liverpool set to go ahead as planned after party signs deal with security firm OCS
30/08/2016

Pictured: Labour's annual conference at the ACC Liverpool had been under threat if the party could not arrange security cover

Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool is set to go ahead as planned after the party signed a deal with security firm OCS.

This follows speculation the conference was under threat after security firm G4S rejected the party's last-minute plea to cover the event, due to take place at the Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) Liverpool on 25-28 September.

Iain McNicol, Labour’s general secretary, said: “I am happy to announce we have agreed that OCS Group, the existing provider of security services at ACC Liverpool, will deliver security for the Labour Party Conference. We look forward to working together on what will be an excellent event.”

Labour’s NEC voted to boycott G4S, responsible for security at the party's conferences for more than 20 years, due to its alleged links to Israeli jails. 

Conference organisers then turned to another security provider, Showsec, but a stand off between that firm and trade union GMB has meant a deal could not be reached.

Then last week, reports emerged that the party had made a last-minute plea to original security partner G4S to cover the event, despite its earlier promise to boycott the company. G4S said it had to turn down the last-minute request because it could not plan for the event at such short notice. 

OCS already provides security at ACC Liverpool and also recognises the GMB union.


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