Scotland Yard to brief all MPs on security after Jo Cox murder

Every MP will be given a security briefing from Scotland Yard this week, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.

The briefing will centre on how MPs can keep themselves and their staff safe in their constituencies.

The are also plans to establish a central body tasked with ensuring that all local forces respond quickly and appropriately to threats against MPs, the Observer reported.

MPs are currently entitled to an enhanced security package, which was introduced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in January following a rise in death threats against MPs over the House of Commons vote on bombing Syria.

Police at the scene in Birstall where Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death. Credit: PA Wire

Under the rules, MPs can apply for a standard package of measures which allow them to buy or lease security equipment such as alarm systems, CCTV and personal alarms.

The murder of Jo Cox has reignited an ongoing debate about levels of security afforded to MPs in their constituencies, with a number of politicians saying not enough is done to ensure their safety.

Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy said there had been incidents in his last three surgeries, including a death threat to an aide.

Mr Lammy said he insisted on two policies officers being present at his constituency surgery on Friday, adding that this measure would continue "for the foreseeable future".

Police have confirmed that Ms Cox had received threats that were sexual in nature at her Westminster office in the months leading up to her death.