Cooper urges 'full disclosure' on G4S
Yvette Cooper has called on the Home Secretary to fully disclose details of all meetings and discussions about the problems at G4S in the run up to the Olympics.
The Shadow Home Secretary has written to Theresa May
accusing her of giving Parliament an “incomplete and selective account” of what she knew about the issues at the security firm, and demanded “full disclosure”.
“Once the House of Commons returns in September…we will need full disclosure about the events leading up to the G4S problems, and Parliament will need to scrutinise in detail why things went so badly wrong,” the letter says.
“We will also need to know why you gave such an incomplete and selective account to Parliament, which gave people the wrong impression about what happened, and why you waited until after Parliament had risen to admit that the Home Office had in fact known about G4S problems two weeks earlier than you had said.”
Ms May earlier insisted she had been "absolutely clear" about when she became aware of G4S's problems.
“I haven’t been at all selective – what I have been is absolutely clear with the House of Commons and others about how these things developed," she told BBC News.
"I made it absolutely clear that we were monitoring the situation, but it was only on 11 July that it was crystallised that G4S were not going to be able to provide the staff that they had been contracted to provide.”
It emerged this morning that three police forces have decided to cancel plans to outsource police support jobs to G4S following the firm's Olympic security blunders.
The Chief Constables of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire met last night and agreed to dump a move to shift 1,100 'back office' posts to the security contractor, PoliticsHome learned. The three forces last month committed to saving £73m with the deal.
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert had been pushing his local force to reconsider the plans to hire the company.
The company yesterday defended its right to a £57m management fee. A statement from G4S said the fee represents payments for the "operating cost elements of the contract relating to the infrastructure needed to support the contract over the last two years".
In a statement this morning, Cambridgeshire Constabulary did not deny stepping back from the outsourcing plan:
"The chief constables are continuing this discussion and will share their assessment with police authority members at a meeting of the Strategic Alliance Joint Working Group early next week. Any changes to the current programme would have formally to be considered in public by each police authority."