MPs will temporarily be able to expense cabs from their London homes to Parliament to avoid abusive protestors. Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle announced this measure in an email to politicians, citing a spike in threats from activists.
Increased Police Presence
There will also be an increased police presence around Parliament to ensure the safety of MPs. The past week has seen pro-Palestine demonstrators taunting MPs and vandalizing their offices due to their stance on the Israel-Gaza conflict.
Threats and Vandalism
Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens' Cardiff office was sprayed with the word "murderer" in red paint, while protestors gathered outside the office of Labour MP Rushanara Ali, accusing her of having "blood" on her hands.
Discussion on Safety
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has held discussions with police to guarantee the safety of Labour politicians who voted for a prolonged humanitarian pause in the region instead of an immediate ceasefire.
Priority for Safety
In his letter, Sir Lindsay emphasized that the safety and security of all colleagues is a top priority, especially considering the heightened tensions and increase in protest activity. The Metropolitan Police have agreed to extend high visibility uniformed patrols outside the estate perimeter on sitting days, covering key access points.
Opposition to Intimidation
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves condemned the aggressive actions of Gaza activists who attacked MPs over the ceasefire vote. She urged protestors to conduct themselves responsibly and avoid intimidating elected representatives or anyone else.