December 10, 2021
The security for members of parliament has hit the headlines in the recent months, following the devastating and horrific attack on Sir David Amass during a constituency surgery. Since the attack on the 15th October 2021, changes have been brought in to review security protocols for MPs.
Speaking on the 20th October, The Home Secretary, The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, addressed parliament:
‘I asked each police force to review the security arrangements for all Members with immediate effect.’ She continued by saying ‘I must update the House that the threat level facing members of this House is now deemed to be substantial.’
Lastly stating ‘I can assure the House that our world-class security and intelligence agencies and counter-terror police will now ensure this change is properly reflected in their operational posture.’
Since this statement, MPs have been offered trained security protection when meeting constituents.
In a joint letter to MPs,Home Secretary Priti Patel and Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle
said reviews were being conducted into “appropriate policing support“.
To ensure constituents can continue to seek advice and support from their members of parliament in public building, such as churches and libraries, MPs are urged to take up the offer of protection from “security operatives”.
At Securitatem Consultancy, we understand first-hand the critical role protection plays for those within the public eye. Our close protection staff, all former military or police, work with the upmost discretion, professionalism and are currently working alongside some Members of Parliament.
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