MPs to be offered extra security

All MPs are to be automatically offered additional security in their constituency offices and homes, following the death of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Originally, MPs who wanted to install security had to apply through the parliamentary expenses watchdog Ipsa. The application process involved having a risk assessment carried out by police and written estimates before any work could be carried out.

However, the Estimates Committee of MPs has announced that all MPs will now be offered extra security, such as panic buttons, extra lighting, additional locks and emergency fobs, without the need to apply first.

The news comes after Jo Cox was attacked in her West Yorkshire constituency and died of her wounds. Following the attacks, Ipsa said it had ‘reviewed and accelerated’ the way in which it handled applications.

A spokesperson for Ipsa said: "We have been working in partnership with the police and the House of Commons since last year to improve the security support available to MPs and their staff. We have recently streamlined the way we provide this support, responding to the security needs of MPs as defined by the police, while continuing to provide assurance about the public money spent."

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