Security guards that are funded by taxpayers will guard MPs’ offices during their constituency surgeries amid new plans being made to protect politicians from death threats. Sources have confirmed that the extra protection – along with CCTV cameras for their homes and offices – will be provided for the MPs that request it.
It comes during mounting fears over death threats to MPs.
MPs are currently able to seek funding for extra protection in their constituencies if it’s recommended by police.
Although, the parliamentary expenses watchdog, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), are now planning to fund requests from concerned MPs themselves – including security guards for their surgeries if deemed necessary.
The policy change comes after a campaign from the Commons Deputy Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who oversees the safety of MPs. Labour MP Paula Sherriff, last week accused Boris Johnson of inciting hatred towards MPs, and welcomed the new move.
The MP has received death threats since her clash with Johnson, and said: ‘We don’t want to make our offices like fortresses but it’s very clear the threat is there. ‘She also said it would have to be decided on a case-by-case basis but ‘We shouldn’t vilify anybody who decides they do want security guards because we are vulnerable in those surgeries if we’re honest.’
Dewsbury MP Ms Sherriff stated: ‘The toxic atmosphere is alarming and it’s important that people feel safe at their place of work.’