Security and safety at the Olympic Stadium

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/3914
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Chris Allison, a former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner, has been appointed by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) after violent scenes at West Ham football matches to help with security. Is his pay being reimbursed by West Ham United FC or does it fall on the LLDC and thus the taxpayer to meet?

Answer

Answer for Security and safety at the Olympic Stadium

Answer for Security and safety at the Olympic Stadium

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As the owners of London Stadium, E20 Stadium LLP, a joint venture between LLDC and Newham Council, are responsible for security arrangements at the venue and, therefore, meeting the costs of Chris Allison's short term consultancy work.

The safety and security of spectators at all events held at the Stadium is paramount and the venue's unrivalled ability to host a wide range of different events can pose particular challenges.

Chris Allison is a highly experienced former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner with unrivalled expertise in major event and football policing, and familiar with the Stadium from his work as the London 2012 National Olympic Security Coordinator and security advisor to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. His expertise will be invaluable in helping ensure that all events at the Stadium pass off safely.