THE safety of MPs could be jeopardised because of low morale among Parliament’s security staff, it was claimed.
Labour MP Barry Sheerman feared too much pressure was being put on guards because there were too few staff.
The Huddersfield MP said: “People believe security is threatened by the lack of morale here.
“They are trying to do the job, but they are trying to do the job with staff cutbacks.”
Mr Sheerman was speaking in a general pre-recess debate as MPs discussed a range of topics.
He said the low morale around Westminster was not limited to security workers, but also found among cooks, cleaners, waitresses, handymen, receptionists, administrative staff and porters to whom he spoke.
“I’ve done my homework,” he added.
“I have never met a group of people so demoralised by what they are having to put up with as employees of this Parliament.
“We all rely on the staff in this place because we can’t provide a good service to our constituents without their support.”
Mr Sheerman said Westminster should be an example of “the best employer” and urged authorities to communicate better with workers.
He said the uncertainty over Commons’ sitting times and days meant it was difficult for workers to make plans.