London, May 16 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron has declined police outriders who travel in front of his official car, a move that has sparked concern among security expert who fear for his safety.
Cameron has told his staff that he would be happy to be stuck in traffic jams like ordinary motorists while he is on his way to official engagements, The Sun reported Saturday.
The prime minister’s special Jaguar has bullet-proof windows and bomb-proof doors. Former PM Gordon Brown used up to six specially-trained police motorcyclists, while John Major did not use any.
Cameron’s car was held up in a busy London street Saturday and passers-by were able to get within a few feet of the prime minister.
‘David is happy to put up with the same driving conditions as everyone else,’ a Downing Street source was quoted as saying.
Dai Davies, former head of Royalty Protection at Scotland Yard, was flabbergasted to see Cameron leave Buckingham Palace without outriders after the Queen invited him to become the next prime minister of Britain.
‘I thought it was some mistake. The first rule is keep moving. If you stop you get hit. I’m extremely worried and would urge Mr Cameron to reconsider his decision,’ he said.