It will take over Westminster security duties from the police and the Serjeant-at-Arms
department, which is staffed largely by elderly retired soldiers who are known as the men in tights.
I have apologised to the Serjeant-at-Arms
and to Baroness Anelay and assured them that this will never happen again.
The House of Commons Serjeant-at-Arms
, Peter Jennings, withdrew permission for the event, billed for this coming Thursday.
He promised it would be "very special" and one observer tells me: "There were eight dancers of both sexes in black hot-pants and white fluffy vests gyrating suggestively between the fig trees at Portcullis House, while the deputy Serjeant-at-Arms
looked on in his full costume of shiny buckles, tights and tails.
Clipboard-carrying staff from the Serjeant-at-Arms
department have quietly been inspecting the damage to the EUR2.
Peter Jennings said: "We do not want to blow this up out of proportion.
IT is shocking that the security was breached in the Commons, but it's hardly fair to blame the Serjeant-at-Arms
Security is under the control of Serjeant-at-Arms
Sir Michael Cummins.
FURY: MI5 boss and Met chief; PANTOMIME; Uniform of the Serjeant-at-Arms
who is in charge of Commons security
Rachel Hirst, vice-chairman of Our Rights Now, is writing a letter of complaint to the Serjeant-at-Arms
HORROR on MPs' faces yesterday when a memo was circulated by the Serjeant-at-Arms
alerting them to a new free postal service to government departments.
He caused a huge fuss when security asked for his ID and got so irate that he reported the officer to the Serjeant-at-Arms
IN HIS dainty buckled shoes and panto get-up, the Serjeant-at-Arms
, Michael Cummings, has stepped in with a plan to boost morale at The Debate canteen at the Commons.
Under instructions from the administration committee, the Serjeant-at-Arms
office sent a letter to all MPs on February 6, telling them: "Members are advised that only disabled badge holders and cyclists are allowed to enter Star Chamber Court.
They have tabled a motion calling for the Serjeant-at-Arms
department to invest in a Palace of Westminster cat.