How authorities respond to threats and abuse to MPs examined

24 April 2019

The UK Parliament Human Rights Committee continues its inquiry into Democracy, Privacy, Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Association by questioning Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hole MP, Parliamentary security officials, IPSA and the Met on how the authorities respond to threats and abuse to MPs.

What will be covered

  • 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?

Other work on the inquiry

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 on 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.


Wednesday 24 April 2019, Committee Room 4a, Palace of Westminster.

At 3.15pm:

  • Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Chair of the consultative Committee on Parliamentary security
  • Eric Hepburn, Parliamentary Director of Security
  • Commander Adrian Usher, Cmdr Protection Command, Specialist Operations
  • Marcial Boo, Chief Executive IPSA

Further information

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