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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, said:

"The police and armed forces are doing a good job filling in the gaps now so that everyone can look forward to a successful and safe Olympic Games. But given that G4S management failed to deliver, and troops and police officers are cancelling leave to sort things out, it would be completely unacceptable to pay G4S a £57m management fee. The Government has been too hands off about this contract, they need to step in now to make sure proper penalties are enforced."

Kevan Jones MP, Labour's Shadow Defence Minister, said:

"The news that the Government is making plans to deploy 2,000 extra armed forces personnel to provide security at the Olympics, on top of the 3,500 already recruited, will only increase the burden on service men and women. The Government must end this uncertainty. It is wrong to treat our service men and women like this, many of whom have been forced to cancel hard-earned leave at the last minute as a result of ministerial incompetence.
"The last thing our forces need is yet more insecurity, many of whom have just returned from fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan."

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