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Parliament to review security arrangements

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 2:14 PM

Security arrangements are to be reviewed at the Jamaican Parliament in Kingston following the attack in the vicinity of the UK Parliament this week.

Leader of Government Business, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith disclosed this morning that the issue was discussed at a meeting of the National Security Council yesterday and will be treated as a priority.

Her disclosure came after her Opposition counterpart, Mark Golding, raised concerns about the reduced security arrangements for the sitting of the Senate when compared with the meeting of the House of Representatives.


Senator Mark Golding on increasing security at Parliament

He said while there should be no attempt to restrict public access to Gordon House, the vulnerabilities to acts of violence must be considered.

Meanwhile, the Jamaican Senate is to write to the British High Commissioner, David Fitten, and the Speaker of British Parliament, John Bercow, to express solidarity with British people.

Fifty-two-year-old Briton Khalid Masood has been identified as the attacker responsible for mowing down pedestrians and stabbing a policeman to death outside the Palace of Westminster where the Parliament meets.

Five people including Masood, were killed.

The terror group, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for Wednesday's incident.