The Prime Minister speaks to MPs in the wake of yesterday’s attack.
We saw yesterday that terrorism takes the lives of the innocent, but strengthens the resolve of the survivors to carry on as before.
“Yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy”. May’s statement to the House: full text
The Prime Minister gives special thanks to PC Keith Palmer, “every inch a hero”, who gave his life defending Parliament.
The authorities are trying to establish whether the attacker was working alone or with accomplices.
Terror at Westminster. Yes, we should honour the dead and praise the brave. But we must also keep our sense of proportion.
It is possible to be panicked into thinking that everyone, everywhere is at risk. Of course we should be vigilant. But this simply isn’t true.
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She delivered her statement in Downing Street.
Parliament is “a target for those who reject democratic values”. May’s statement on the Westminster attack. Full text.
Theresa May paid tribute to the bravery of police and other emergency services.
Tobias Ellwood, who battled today to save the life of a police officer – and whose life is tragically intertwined with terror
He tried to give a dying policeman mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and to stem blood loss by applying pressure to the wounds.
The view from the Commons press gallery of the moments after the attack.
At least one person dead; several injured. Commons in lockdown; Scottish Parliament eventually suspends sitting; Tobias Ellwood “battled to save life of stabbed officer”.
The Leader of the House tells MPs that a police officer has been stabbed.
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Terror at Westminster 1) May vows that Britain won’t yield to ‘voices of hate and terror’
“Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed the UK will ‘not give in to terror’ following a ‘sick and depraved’ terror attack in London today in which three people and a terrorist were killed. Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after chairing a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergencies committee, Mrs May paid tribute to the ‘exceptional men and women’ of the police force who responded to the attack. She confirmed that a ‘lone wolf’ attacker drove a car into pedestrians walking on Westminster Bridge, killing two of them, before running with a knife through the front gates of the Palace of Westminster, where he killed a police officer before being shot dead. Mrs May said that any attempt to defeat the values that Parliament stands for was ‘doomed to failure’.” – Daily Mail
- Prime Minister says no attack will take Britons’ freedom – Daily Express
- World leaders make show of solidarity – The Times (£)
- Prime Minister will miss McGuinness’ funeral after security clampdown – Daily Mail
- America and Europe stand united with Britain – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
>Today: Garvan Walshe’s column: McGuinness – a planner and executor, we should remember today, of attacks on our democracy
- MPs Etc.: Parliament is “a target for those who reject democratic values”. May’s statement on the Westminster attack. Full text.
- Video: WATCH: May – “We will all move forward together. Never giving in to terror.”
Terror at Westminster 2) A strike at the heart of British democracy.
“In the largest-scale terrorist incident in the UK since suicide bombers killed 52 people in London in July 2005, at least five people died, including the attacker. A further 40 were injured, according to police. The attack paralysed the heart of British government as members of parliament and officials were held in lockdown for hours in the House of Commons, while Theresa May, the prime minister, was whisked away to safety by car. It was the latest in a series of terror assaults in Europe and came exactly one year after suicide bombers attacked Brussels, targeting the airport and a metro station in the city centre. It bore similarities to the attack in Nice last year when a man drove a truck through a crowd of pedestrians, killing 84 people.” – FT
- Three minutes of horror: how the attack unfolded – Daily Mail
- ISIS chief called for ‘DIY’ attacks around the world – The Times (£)
- We’ll always be vulnerable, warns ex-Deputy Commissioner – Daily Express
- May only ’50 yards’ from attacker when he struck – Daily Mail
- Police issue list of no-go areas across London – Daily Mail
- How the papers reported a deadly day – The Guardian
- How I witnessed a vista of violence – Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
- ToryDiary: Violence at Westminster: eyewitness report from Andrew Gimson
- Video: WATCH: Lidington’s statement to the Commons on the Westminster terror incident
Terror at Westminster 3) Death toll mounts. At least five people dead.
“Dozens of tourists and workers were mown down by a car on Westminster Bridge before the driver stabbed to death an unarmed police officer outside the Houses of Parliament. The assailant, described as an Asian man in his forties who wielded two large knives, was shot dead by other police. Several of the wounded were understood to be critical, with fears that the death toll could rise. Among the victims were a group of French schoolchildren.” – The Times (£)
- French students and Korean tourists amongst victims – Daily Mail
- Four British students amongst the 40 injured – The Sun
- Terrorists know they only need to be lucky once – The Times (£)
- Attack fits increasingly familiar pattern – FT
- ‘Weak spot’ in Parliamentary perimeter was targeted – The Sun
- As the net tightens in Syria and Iraq, ISIS will lash out abroad – Julie Lenarz, Daily Telegraph
- Low-tech attacks on high-profile targets are the hallmark of jihadis – Andrew Silke, The Sun
- The new, low-tech face of terrorism – Sean O’Grady, The Independent
Terror at Westminster 4) Slain police officer named as PC Keith Palmer, husband and father
“The unarmed police officer who was killed inside the gates of Parliament was named as Pc Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old husband and father. One of the three civilians was a 43-year-old British woman of Galician origin, Spanish media has reported, naming her as Aysha Frade. PC Palmer had worked for the Metropolitan Police for 15 years, having previously served in the armed forces… “I’ve known Keith for 25 years. We served together in the Royal Artillery before he became a copper. A lovely man, a friend. I’m heartbroken,” Mr Cleverly said. “My thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of PC Keith Palmer. A brave man.”” – Daily Telegraph
- Tributes to a brave constable and family man – The Times (£)
- MPs honour the memory of murdered officer – The Guardian
Harry Cole: How I saw Ellwood fight to save policeman’s life
“Fifteen years ago Tobias Ellwood’s brother Jon was one of 202 people killed in the Bali terrorist bombings. Yesterday I watched with horror and admiration as the Tory MP was forced to once again confront terrorism — fighting to save PC Keith Palmer who was repeatedly stabbed by the Westminster Bridge attacker. The Foreign Office Minister was one of the first to rush to the officer’s aid as other coppers darted across the grass to help their fallen comrade. Ellwood was on his knees, massaging the chest of the dying man. Blood became smeared across his forehead and on the cuffs of his blue suit as he knelt to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.” – The Sun
- What a mad world, says MP who tried to help – The Times (£)
- WPC’s tears as colleague dies despite Ellwood’s heroic intervention – Daily Mail
Police swoop on Birmingham address linked to rented car and make arrests
“Armed police were involved in a raid at a residential property near to a curry house in Birmingham last night, closing off part of the city for more than two hours. Dozens of officers, some response and some with weapons, were seen swooping an address near to the Bearwood part of the city this evening. Hagley Road was closed for a period of time and then reopened. BBC Newsnight has claimed the vehicle used in the London terror attacks could have been rented from the same road. The road was closed from 11pm and reopened by 2am, with witnesses in the area saying people had been taken away by the address. They believe the officers may have been from a counter terrorism unit.” – Daily Mail
- Three arrested in West Midlands anti-terror raid – The Independent
- Detectives believe killer was ‘inspired by international terrorism’ – Daily Telegraph
- Face of the Westminster attacker – Daily Mail
Jonathan Freedland: Bravery and humanity show Westminster at its best
“Last year, on this very day, Brussels was targeted by suicide bombers who killed 32 people. For a few days, it stopped being the despised “Brussels” of anti-EU rhetoric and became Brussels, scene of tragedy. More than 20 years ago I witnessed the same transformation, when a US government building in Oklahoma City was bombed, killing 168. “Federal bureaucrats” had been a hated class – until people saw them carrying their wounded and grieving for their children. Today it was “Westminster’s” turn. Not a metaphor, not a far-off citadel of wicked, scheming politicians but a real place, filled with real people – as vulnerable to an act of murderous violence as anybody else.” – The Guardian
- We must not forget the hard lessons of terrorism – David Aaronovitch, The Times (£)
- A tragedy, but no threat to democracy – Simon Jenkins, The Guardian
- We must back the intelligence agencies in the fight against terror – Max Hastings, Daily Mail
- Britain must rebound, more determined than ever to defend its values – The Times (£)
- We must deny terrorists the disproportionate reaction they seek – Daily Telegraph
- The UK must consider a huge increase in armed police officers – The Sun
Scottish Parliament suspends debate on independence… but not without controversy
“The Scottish Parliament was suspended amid bitter exchanges halfway through a flagship debate on a second independence referendum following the attack on Westminster. Environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham was seen to gesticulate at the Tory benches in the Holyrood chamber after the decision was taken to call a halt to proceedings. The minister was opposed to the session being suspended in the face of terrorism. But it prompted an angry response from the opposition.” – The Scotsman
- Fury as MSPs carry on as if nothing had happened – Daily Mail
- Anger as independence debate suspended – The Times (£)
- Armed patrols increased in Scotland after attack in London – The Scotsman
- Attack puts Scottish politics into perspective – Tom Peterkin, The Scotsman
>Yesterday: Henry Hill’s Red, White, and Blue column: Davidson tells Greens to honour their own manifesto, not the SNP’s
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