Theresa May grilled over G4S Olympics shambles
Home secretary Theresa May faced a storm in the House of Commons in response to the Olympics security shambles around the huge shortfall in staff numbers. May admitted in Parlimant that army troops would be sent in during the Olympics because private contracters G4S were struggling to meet demand. "Concerns have arisen about the ability of G4S to deliver the required number of guards for all Olympic venues and within the time-scales available. The Defence Secretary and I, along with other ministers have been constantly monitoring the situation and the contracts over many months. And in consultation with Locog and G4S, we have now agreed that it would be prudent to deploy additional military support to provide greater reassurance. I have therefore requested additional MOD support and the Defence Secretary has authorised the deployment of a further 3,500 military personnel." Keith Vaz, Labour MP and Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, was concerned over the safety of spectators to the sporting event. "G4S has let the country down and we have literally had to send in the troops. Can the Home Secretary give the House this assurance: That she is now satisfied that all the changes that she has announced today will mean that what we hope will be the greatest Games ever staged will be done securely for the safety of the visitors and the British people." Shadow Olympics minsiter Tessa Jowell stated that the issue needed to be resolved as soon as possible. "It is a serious problem, but I think it is a serious which has got to be sorted. And so all our energy and focus should be on solving this, putting in place a solution which will be the deployment of extra staff from the military and obviously making sure that the G4S contract reflects the fact that they delivered less than they promised."