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Dame Tessa Jowell MP, Labour’s Shadow Olympics Minister, responding to the news that the armed forces have been asked to provide 3,500 troops for the Olympics, said:

“With two weeks to go to the start of the Games, it is imperative that action is taken to ensure that the full and necessary quota of security personnel are in place so that the Games will be safe and secure.
“But this is clearly a serious problem, and we have to understand how this problem arose.
“We need to know why the problem has emerged so late in the day and precisely what has been agreed to. We also must know whether this affects Army commitments elsewhere, which units are providing people and what terms and conditions are given for those who will likely lose periods of leave.
“In the spirit of the cross-party approach to the Games, it is essential that the Opposition is kept fully informed of these events as they develop.”

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