British MPs to get beefed up security after foam-fiasco

October 18th, 2011 - 8:10 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 18 (IANS) A new security chief is likely to be appointed to oversee the protection of the Parliament following the “chaos” caused by a foam pie assault on media baron Rupert Murdoch during the hearing of a phone-hacking scandal.

Murdoch was attacked while facing a parliamentary panel over two months ago.

Commons Speaker John Bercow has announced tighter security procedures are to be introduced after the media mogul fell victim to a protester’s stunt. A new official could be put in charge following the “serious failure of planning” for the Commons Media ¬≠Committee hearing in July, the Daily Express reported.

Bercow Monday ¬≠savaged the “inadequate” security when the 80-year-old News Corporation chief and his son James gave evidence to a hearing about the newspaper phone hacking scandal.

The Speaker said: “The review found that, at the time of the attack, none of the security staff in the room was in a position to be able to reach the assailant before he got to Murdoch. Those present commented upon the chaotic nature of scenes inside and outside the committee room following the incident.

“The inadequate security in the room was the result of a serious failure of planning, based upon the wrong assessment of risk,” he added.

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