Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has confirmed new lax rules on travel expenses due to security concerns following incidents where the offices of MPs who did not support a ceasefire in last week’s vote were targeted last week. In a letter to all MPs, Hoyle said the independent expenses body, IPSA, will not disclose the details of new taxi journeys due to “security implications.” Not having to disclose taxpayer-funded taxi trips will certainly encourage MPs to jump in a cab more often…
Hoyle also pledged ramped up Met Police security outside Parliament, with a new focus on exits and entries. Might be trickier for co-conspirators to find an Uber in Westminster from now on…
Read his full letter below:
As you know, the safety and security of all colleagues is a top priority for me and the wider House Administration, especially considering the current heightened community tensions, significant increase in protest activity, and spike in abusive and threatening behaviour towards Members.
The ability of colleagues to securely travel to Westminster and constituency offices to fulfil our duties as elected Members is essential, so I have agreed with IPSA
The Met Police have also agreed to extend the high visibility uniformed patrols outside the estate perimeter on sitting days, covering the key access points. This will provide greater reassurance for colleagues, staff and the public who visit.
I will continue to prioritise these matters over the coming months with the Parliamentary Security Department and review the position on IPSA funded travel at the end of the year.
You can find further important practical information below. There are also a wide range of existing services provided to support the security of Members and staff, which I would encourage colleagues to use.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle