MP KEPT IN COMMONS CHAMBER FOR FIVE HOURS DURING TERROR ATTACK
In a statement Helen said: “I had just voted and was sitting in the House of Commons Chamber close to the Speaker’s chair when a number of members rushed in looking very concerned.
“It was quickly clear that something very serious was happening. “I contacted my staff to check that they were safe, and along with many other members I was locked in the Chamber for the next five hours before going down to the constituency to speak at a public event on Brexit.
“The response of the police and Parliamentary staff was calm and professional. “We are all devastated at the loss of life and thinking this morning of the family, friends and colleagues of PC Keith Palmer, others who lost their lives and those who were injured.”
Lambeth council in a statement said: “We ask everyone to remain calm and vigilant of any suspicious activity. “If you have any information in relation to this incident please call 0800 789 321.”
Metropolitan Police have asked anyone worried about friends and family to call their casualty bureau on 0800 056 0944 or 020 7158 0010.
There will be a candlelit vigil in Trafalgar Square from 6pm this evening – Thursday 23 March.
In a statement the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “The Mayor invites all Londoners – and everyone visiting our city – to come together in solidarity to remember those who have lost their lives, to express sympathy with their families and loved ones and to show the world that we are more committed than ever to the values that we hold dear – that we remain united and open.
“London is the greatest city in the world. “We will never be cowed by terrorism. “We stand together, in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will.”