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Police investigate suspect package 'delivered to Jo Swinson's office'

Police investigate suspect package 'delivered to Jo Swinson's office'
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Police investigated the House of Commons office of Jo Swinson on Monday morning after she was sent a parcel containing a suspicious powder.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police were called in to Portcullis House just before 10am on Monday.

ITV News reported that a member of the Lib Dem leader's staff had contacted the police over a suspicious letter addressed to her office.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police attended Portcullis House, Westminster at 0951hrs today following reports of a suspicious package delivered. 

“Officers attended & the contents of the package are being assessed.

“No reports of any illness or injuries. The premises have not been evacuated. Enquiries continue.”

They later added: “The package delivered to Portcullis House, Westminster at 0951hrs today has now been assessed as non-suspicious.”

A House of Commons spokesperson said: “Today the Metropolitan Police investigated a suspicious package on the Parliamentary Estate.

"The package was found to be non-harmful. For further information please contact the Metropolitan Police.”

A spokesperson for Jo Swinson later confirmed the package was sent to her office, and that the East Dunbartonshire MP was not present.

“Staff immediately notified police who attended and have now assessed package as non-suspicious. We would like to thank parliamentary authorities & police for swift response," the spokesperson told ITV.

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