MP panic rooms: 'It's frightening times we live in', says former MP on increased security measures

MP panic rooms: 'It's frightening times we live in', says former MP on increased security measures

The Houses of Parliament - no longer safe?

Friday, November 25, 2016

A former MP has said he understands why MPs are implementing more measures to protect their own safety. 

Since the murder of Jo Cox and the subsequent conviction of Thomas Mair, it's been revealed that personal security training, reinforced doors, and even going as far as panic rooms are being provided to MPs in the wake of the killing in June. 

Labour MP Jess Phillips, the representative for Birmingham Yardley, has revealed that she is installing a room, and that she would struggle to remain in Parliament if the current atmosphere did not change. 

Lee Scott, the former MP for Ilford North, understands this full well, for he feared for his safety during his time in Parliament.

"Over a period of five years, I had death threats," he told Sam Delaney. "I had two people come over to me in the street, call me a 'dirty Jewish pig', and said they were going to kill me.

"On one occasion, I came home and actually cried. I asked myself why I was putting my family through this. 

"Part of being a constituency MP is being a part of the community, you can't really isolate yourself. So I fully understand what's happened to make someone want a panic room fitted - I had a panic button in my house. 

"It is frightening times we live in."

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