Sunak rejects earn a living from home plea for MPs as he’s warned £31m safety fund is ‘missing the point’ | EUROtoday

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Rishi Sunak has rejected requires MPs to earn a living from home as he sought to defend safety measures which critics mentioned fail to deal with the basis explanation for assaults on politicians.

No 10 mentioned the prime minister believed the thought was “appalling” and “we shouldn’t be closing down Parliament’ because of extremists.

It came as the government faced a backlash from one of its own ministers who said the new security package was “missing the point”.

Justice minister Mike Freer, who has began to put on a stab vest to public occasions and can stand down on the subsequent election due to threats to his security, mentioned the measures would “not actually (go) to the root cause” of why individuals felt emboldened to focus on MPs.

He additionally warned a “ring of steel” round politicians would essentially alter democracy.

It got here as:

  • the prime minister and residential secretary met with police chiefs to debate the difficulty
  • Keir Starmer accused the Conservatives of indulging in conspiracy theories and mentioned that they had turn into the ‘political wing of the flat-earth society’
  • the Labour chief additionally known as on Rishi Sunak to dam Liz Truss from standing at normal election after she “remained silent as right-wing thug Tommy Robinson was described as a hero”
  • Pro-Palestinian protesters vow to proceed marches, regardless of authorities requires a halt

The new funding, introduced by house secretary James Cleverly, follows “frightening” threats to MPs and their households.

Tensions have been heightened by protests over the warfare in Gaza, as MPs come beneath intense stress to again requires a ceasefire.

Under the plans, MPs will likely be given better police safety, whereas these at greater threat may have personal safety guards. The degree of safety will likely be determined by the police, and will apply to controversial figures like George Galloway, if he’s elected on this week’s Rochdale by-election.

All elected representatives and candidates can even have a devoted named police contact to liaise with on safety issues.

But Mr Freer, who represents a closely Jewish constituency in Finchley and Golders Green in north London, mentioned the additional funding didn’t deal with the underlying downside.

“I kind of think it’s missing the point,” he instructed Times Radio. “More security is always welcome, but that’s only dealing with the symptom.

“It’s not really going to the basis trigger. Why do individuals now really feel emboldened to assault members of Parliament, to reveal exterior their properties the place they’re intimidating their household? Not essentially the MP, however their household.

“Why should their partners and their children have to put up with being frightened in their own home?

“So, safety is welcome. But frankly, except you get to the basis trigger, you then’re simply going to have a hoop of metal round MPs. And our complete fashion of democracy modifications.”

Mike Freer, who has claimed to have received a series of death threats as well as an arson attack at his office (UK Parliament/PA)

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Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said the government “rightly needs to ensure that democracy is protected and that no one faces security threats either for themselves or their family because of the job they do or their democratic role.“

Just hours after the new measures were unveiled, Just Stop Oil, which has defended protests at MPs homes, tweeted to Mr Starmer “we’ll be with you in a few hours. Put the kettle on for us”.

Meanwhile, pro-Palestinian protesters vowed to continue marches despite calls for a halt. Mr Clevely told marchers they had made their “point”. But Chris Nineham, vice chairman of the Stop the War Coalition, accused ministers of creating a “social panic” around pro-Palestinian protests. Fears over the safety of MPs have hit the headlines in recent weeks.

Conservative backbencher Tobias Ellwood’s home was targeted earlier this month by pro-Palestine protesters.

On Wednesday, policing minister Chris Philp said four people had been arrested after a political party fundraising event in Stoke was disrupted by protesters last week.

Two serving MPs, Labour’s Jo Cox and Conservative Sir David Amess, have been murdered by extremists in the past eight years.

Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle welcomed the new funding, saying it was “a major step ahead” that provided “much-needed reassurance for everybody concerned within the democratic course of”.

He said: “It will allow us to construct on the enhancements we have now revamped the previous two years, working with the police and Home Office to boost safety at MPs’ properties and workplaces, and crucially when they’re out and about assembly their constituents.”

On Tuesday, Mr Sunak rejected a suggestion from veteran Labour MP Harriet Harman that MPs ought to be capable of communicate and vote from their constituencies due to considerations about safety at Westminster.

The name got here after the chaotic scenes in Westminster final week over the vote on a ceasefire in Gaza.

Sir Lindsay was accused of ripping up the parliamentary rule ebook due to considerations about “threats” in opposition to MPs.

But the backlash to his actions, which spared Sir Keir Starmer from the prospect of a dangerous revolt by MPs demanding a ceasefire, has left the speaker’s personal place in jeopardy as greater than 90 MPs have now signed a movement of no confidence in his place.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/mp-security-government-missing-point-b2503926.html