Expenses watchdog to redact details from MPs’ claims over security fears

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Parliament’s expenditure watchdog has said it will revise some details of MPs’ claims for security reasons following the assassination of Sir David Ames.

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The Granthshala Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) acknowledged concerns about the information being published on MPs’ travel, as well as the rent of venues for constituency surgery.

In a letter sent to all lawmakers, the body’s chairman Richard Lloyd and chief executive Ian Todd said IPSA is seeking fresh security advice on exactly what needs to be disclosed.

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He said the watchdog would temporarily “remove” some details from previously published expense claims while a security review was being conducted.

The watchdog is also postponing the scheduled publication of the latest spending figures for November amid tight security following the killing of Sir David.

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The Southend West MP was stabbed to death during a constituency surgery at a church hall in Leh-on-Sea on Friday. Ali Herbie Ali, 25, is in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

IPSA also said the security review would also examine how Freedom of Information Act (FOI) requests are assessed, in light of concerns that responses could reveal addresses and travel plans.

In a letter to lawmakers, the IPSA chiefs said: “We have heard from some members since last Friday that there are concerns about some of the information we publish, including data on travel and constituency surgery site fares “

He continued: “We are seeking new expert advice on what and how we publish your business and staffing costs in light of the horrific events of last Friday. This will include considering whether information requests are received. How will freedom be assessed?

“While this review is ongoing, we are postponing the publication of expense information due in November and temporarily removing descriptive statements from claims already published on our website while the review is ongoing.”

Labor MP Roopa Haque said she was considering whether to remove her address from the ballot paper candidates used by some to show voters living in that area.

“We all live among our constituents and our address is on the ballot paper and I don’t know if I will do it next time or not,” she said. Guardian. “You can edit it again, and I’m thinking I can do that next time.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said on Monday that a quick review of the policing system for MPs would be finished within a few days and resolved to update the Commons.

Ms Patel said she was working with Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle on the issue of security.

He said lawmakers would be given new advice on “how to do their jobs in public in a safe and secure way”, but added that “one-to-one” contact with constituents is important.

While Ms Patel has suggested that the government look at ways to boost police protection, her cabinet colleague Dominic Raab has said the government and parliamentary authorities are “more likely to see things like private security guards”.

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