Jeremy Corbyn aide working in Parliament despite being refused security clearance

Jeremy Corbyn aide working in Parliament despite being refused security clearance

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s aides has not been granted a Parliamentary pass because of security concerns but has been regularly escorted into Parliament for the past nine months, HuffPost UK has reported.

Iram Awan, the Labour leader’s Private Secretary, has not had her pass approved because of the security services concerns over known associates.

Ms Awan was hired last year and has since worked in Mr Corbyn’s office in the Palace of Westminster.

The British-born national’s role included providing “strategic advice” to Mr Corbyn.

Counter-Terrorist Check clearance is required by everyone working in Parliament.

A Parliamentary spokesperson told HuffPost UK: “Visitor passes are for visitors only; they cannot be used to carry out work on the parliamentary estate.

“While we are unable to comment on specific cases, any alleged breach of the rules on passes will be investigated by the House authorities.”

A spokesman for Corbyn said: “We don’t comment on staffing matters”.

But a Labour source said: “We have not been told that any member of staff has been refused a pass or any reasons for why any pass may not have yet been granted.”

 

‘The threat level is ‘severe’’

The Government’s personnel security and national security vetting policy, which is required reading for any applicant says: “There are three different types of national security vetting clearance: Counter Terrorist Check (CTC), Security Check (SC) and Developed Vetting (DV).

“They are all intended to allow Parliament to assess whether individuals who are to be employed in sensitive posts or critical functions might represent a security risk directly or indirectly. Applicants for a Parliamentary Pass will normally undergo a CTC only”.

The UK’s current threat level is set at “severe”, with a terror attack deemed highly likely. This is the second highest threat level.

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