Sunderland MP grills G4S boss over Olympic security row

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A WEARSIDE MP has quizzed G4S bosses over the Olympic security scandal.

Chiefs at the firm have confirmed they would be claiming tens of millions of pounds in management fees despite being 100 per cent responsible for a “humiliating shambles”.

Nick Buckles, chief executive of the world’s second largest private sector employer, admitted he was sorry and “deeply disappointed” after the firm failed to deliver on its £284million Olympics security contract.

When questioned by the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, he repeatedly insisted the firm still intended to claim its £57million management fee for work over the last two years, even though it cannot provide the guards needed for the Games.

Labour MP Bridget Phillipson, who sits on the select committee, told Mr Buckles she was left with the feeling that he was “making it up as you go along”.

Mr Buckles is under pressure to quit his £830,000-a-year job over the fiasco, which has resulted in the emergency deployment of soldiers, marines, airmen and police officers, including Northumbria Police officers who will staff Olympic football matches at St James’s Park.

He admitted he could not deny that the debacle was a “humiliating shambles for the company” and the firm’s reputation was now in tatters.

Mr Buckles promised the firm would pay all police and military costs.