MPs have said they have no idea how a new security alarm works after it was revealed devices in their homes were altered by workmen the day Sir David Amess was stabbed to death
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MPs are angry at a personal security overhaul made by Parliament’s authorities in the run-up to Sir David’s death.
Some of the devices in their homes were being altered by workmen on the day he was murdered as part of a new private security contract roll-out.
Some claim it is a cost saving measure but this has not been proven.
The contract will switch from Chubb to ADT on November 1 and some MPs claim they have no way of testing the devices and no way of contacting the new company in charge.
Leicester West Tory Andrew Bridgen said: “The first I knew about this was when Chubb phoned me to make an appointment.
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“He [the technician] came round to change my codes exactly an hour before David was murdered.”
One MP said: “We have no idea how the new systems work as no one has told us.”
They claim the only way to find out is to press their panic buttons to see what happens.
A Home Office source said: “We know some MPs are concerned about this.”
The Independent Parliamentary Stndards Authority, funding the work, said the decision was not taking by them, adding: “ We just pay the bills. This was a retendering of contracts. The reason was the quality of service.”
But one MP said of Chubb: “They were great.”
The cost of MPs’ security went from £171,000 to £4.2 million following the death of MP Jo Cox in 2016.
Last year it was £3.3 million.