The amount of money MPs are spending on security has skyrocketed following the murder of Jo Cox, new figures show. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority’s latest accounts show MPs spent 2.5m on security in 2016/17 – up from 170,000 the previous year. The figures are part of the annual report of MPs expenses. IPSA chair Ruth Evans said the rise was a reminder that “we take the security of MPs, and that of their families and their staff, very seriously”.
Image: The rise came after MP Jo Cox was killed in June 2016
MPs have previously spoken of having to carry personal alarms1, which are GPS-enabled and allow them to record conversations for police records. Similar devices were also offered to constituency workers following attacks on MPs’ offices.
A new IPSA fund was also created in 2016 for MPs to claim for alarm systems, shutters and CCTV.
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