MPs told the threat level against them now ‘substantial’ after Sir David Amess killing
Written by Sky News UK on October 20, 2021
MPs now face a “substantial” threat level – meaning an attack is “likely” – following the killing of Sir David Amess, Home Secretary Priti Patel has said.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Ms Patel said there had been a “change in risk” following an independent review by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC).
It is understood that the threat against MPs was previously deemed to be “moderate”, meaning an attack is “possible but not likely”.
The JTAC divides threat levels into five categories; low, moderate, substantial, severe and critical.
“While we do not see any information or intelligence which points to any credible, specific or imminent threat, I must update the House that the threat level facing members of this House is now deemed to be substantial,” the home secretary told MPs.
“This is the same level as the current national threat to the UK as a whole.”
Ms Patel said she would ensure that security and intelligence agencies, as well as counter-terror police, would see the change “reflected in their operational posture”.
She also urged MPs to “take this change in risk seriously” and to access the range of security provisions and support available.