As it happened: MPs grill G4S boss over 2012 security

Key points

  • The G4S chief executive admits his company has delivered a "humiliating shambles" over 2012 security
  • But Nick Buckles insists he is still the right person to lead G4S
  • The G4S boss says, despite his firm's failure, G4S still intends to colect its £57m management fee

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  • Julian Joyce 
  • Sarah Bell 

Last updated 17 July 2012


Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the build-up to the 2012 London Olympics.


With ten days to go before the Games, Olympic teams and officials are continuing to arrive in the UK from more than 200 countries. Heathrow had its busiest day ever on Monday, handling nearly a quarter of a million passengers.


At 12:00 BST the chief executive of security firm G4S is due to face MPs to explain why the company was unable to provide the Olympics staff it promised. Nick Buckles apologised after 3,500 extra troops had to be deployed to meet the firm's shortfall.


Day 60 of the Olympic torch relay sees it passing through East Sussex and Kent. Starting at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton, it will visit the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs during its journey to Hastings. Famous torchbearers will include Dame Kelly Holmes and Eddie Izzard. Follow our live coverage here.


Charity fundraiser Zachary Narvaez poses for a photo with the Olympic torch outside the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

Zachary Narvaez outside the Royal Pavilion in Brighton


Sir Steve tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "When you have something as big as the Olympics Games and all the sports involved there is no blueprint handed down by the International Olympic Committee about what to do and what to watch out for."


Last Wednesday it emerged that G4S could not provide the 10,000 staff it had been contracted to deliver. The company stands to lose up to £50m on the contract, worth a total of about £280m. It has since emerged that as police have also helped fill gaps left by the company. Read our Q&A for further background.


Here's the interview with the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz, who said he would be asking the G4S chief executive for a "full explanation of precisely what happened over the last few months, weeks and indeed what happened last Wednesday".