Allegations have been made in The Guardian that Close Protection UK, a security firm, bussed in a group of longterm unemployed to work as unpaid stewards during the river pageant for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It is alleged that the workers were forced to camp overnight under London Bridge.  

Lord Prescott, Labour’s former deputy leader, wrote a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May, expressing that these allegations raised “serious questions” about the use of private firms to police the Olympics. He added that it was “totally unacceptable” that benefit claimants were allegedly forced to sleep in the cold in the early hours of Sunday morning and Close Protection UK had failed to “show a duty of care” for the unpaid stewards.  

Lord Prescott called on the Home Secretary to immediately investigate these allegations and review Close Protection UK’s contract to provide security during the Olympics.