The Security of Parliament and Protecting UK Democracy

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Alison Giles, Director of Security for the UK Parliament, will discuss her wide-ranging role and the importance of protecting our democratic institutions. 

The Houses of Parliament have around 19,000 passholders and welcome and manage hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, who come to witness UK democracy in action. Keeping the parliamentary estate and community and all who visit safe and secure is a challenging and multifaceted mission for the Parliamentary Security Department. 

Alison Giles will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of managing a large and complex security team. She will also discuss the importance of working collaboratively with partners across both Houses, and with the Metropolitan Police Service, to protect parliament and all its staff and visitors. The need to deter foreign interference in Parliament, following a statement made by the home secretary in January 2022, will also be discussed. 


Alison Giles was appointed to her current role in December 2020. Previously, she served in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for over 30 years as an expert in national security and diplomacy, with broad leadership experience in Asia, Europe and Africa.

How to attend

This event is open to RUSI members only. Find out how to become a RUSI member here. To take part, you must pre-register no later than 10 January using the ‘Register to attend’ button above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

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