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Security issue still unresolved for Labour conference

Party denied a last-minute plea to original security partner G4S, after earlier promising to boycott it

Pictured: Labour's annual conference at the ACC Liverpool is under threat if the party cannot arrange security cover

Labour's security woes ahead of its annual conference are continuing after security firm G4S rejected the party's last-minute plea to cover the event.

Labour still refuses to comment on "commercial arrangements", but insists that the conference will go ahead as planned at ACC Liverpool on 25-28 September despite not having appointed a security provider.

Labour originally decided to boycott G4S, responsible for security coverage at the party's recent conferences, 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 has not been reached.

G4S said it had to turn down the last-minute request because it could not plan for the event at such short notice. The company's managing director Eric Alexander said he was disappointed not to continue the "successful working relationship" with Labour.

"Safety for delegates and our staff is our priority and at this late stage and with our teams committed elsewhere, we are not in a position to step in and provide security for the conference," he said.

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