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Committee questions parliamentary security and the right to protest

03 April 2019

The UK Parliament Human Rights Committee will continue its inquiry into Democracy, Privacy, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Association by questioning Parliamentary Security and the Metropolitan Police on their response to threats and abuse to MPs.

What should the Parliamentary authorities and the police be doing to protect MPs, their staff and visitors from threats in and around Parliament? What action is being taken about threats to MPs online and to them in their constituencies? What is being done to ensure that Parliamentarians ability to do their jobs is protected while the right to protest is respected?

Witnesses

Wednesday 24 April, venue tbc

At 3.15pm

  • Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Chair of the Consultative Committee on Parliamentary security
  • Eric Hepburn, Director of Security for Parliament
  • Commander Adrian Usher, Cmdr Protection Command, Specialist Operations
  • Marcial Boo, Chief Executive, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

Following the disturbances outside Parliament last Friday, the Committee have also invited Cressida Dick, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police to speak on the same subject at an evidence session next Wednesday 10 April.

As part of this inquiry, the Committee is currently gathering evidence by conducting a series in-depth interviews with MPs on their experiences.

Further information

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