MPs pay respects after Westminster terror attack - The Evesham Observer

MPs pay respects after Westminster terror attack

Evesham Editorial 24th Mar, 2017   0

EVESHAM’S MP Nigel Huddleston has paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer who was murdered during Wednesday’s terrorist attack on the Houses of Parliament.

PC Palmer was stabbed as he foiled the raid by the terrorist who had earlier driven his rented 4×4 into innocent victims on Westminster Bridge.

“The shock and horror of Wednesday has evolved into a steely determination to carry on with normal everyday life,” he said.

“But there are of course some whose lives have been changed forever. Within the parliamentary estate, just a few yards from where I was voting, a policeman – PC Keith Palmer – was viciously killed while carrying out his duties. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the families of all of those who were killed or injured yesterday.

“Yesterday’s attack was an attack on London, on Parliament, and on our democratic values. People from more than ten countries were injured in this atrocity, and the international community has united in condemning terrorism.

“We saw the best and worst of humanity yesterday, with our emergency service personnel and members of the public doing everything they could to help people in desperate need. The Parliamentary staff and security personnel were incredibly calm and professional as the Palace of Westminster went into lockdown.

“Ultimately the compassionate response of so many outweighed the senseless actions of one disturbed individual,” he added

Pershore’s MP Harriett Baldwin has offered her sympathies to the family and friends of people murdered in the attack in Westminster.

The West Worcestershire MP was at Kuala Lumpur airport on Ministry of Defence business at the time of the attack, but was able to speak to her staff, whose offices are just yards from where the policeman fell, who were safely held in lock-down until the middle of the evening while security checks were carried out.

““My first thoughts are with all the people who have been directly affected by this terrible attack,” said Mrs Baldwin.

“This was a horrific event and we’re particularly grateful to those working in the emergency services. I’ve signed the book of condolences and pay particular tribute to PC Keith Palmer, who paid with his life to keep Parliament safe.

“This attack was aimed directly at our democracy and we’re all resolute that this will not impact on our day-to-day duties,” she added.

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