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John Bercow: Pc Palmer died defending us, Parliament

John Bercow paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer Credit: ITV News

Speaker of the House John Bercow has paid tribute to Pc Keith Palmer and the other victims of Wednesday's terror attack outside Westminster.

Mr Bercow said that the Commons sent its "heartfelt condolences" to all the families and friends of the victims.

Paying tribute to PC Palmer, stabbed to death inside Parliament grounds, Mr Bercow said: "A police officer, Pc Keith Palmer, was killed defending us, defending Parliament and defending parliamentary democracy."

He added: "Our hearts go out to all, directly and indirectly, touched by yesterday's events".

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Theresa May: We are not afraid

"We are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism", Theresa May said in a statement to the House of Commons.

The Prime Minister said that Wednesday's terror attack has tried to "silence democracy" and the "free speech, liberty, human rights and the rule of law which are embodied in Parliament".

Ms May continued that the "terrorist took out his rage on innocent men, women and children".

The Prime Minister also thanked "friends and allies around the world for standing with us".

Ms May also paid tribute to Pc Keith Palmer who was "every inch a hero and his actions will never be forgotten".

London terror attack: Total of eight arrests

Four people, including the attacker, died Credit: AP

At total of eight people have now been arrested as part of the investigation into the Westminster terror attack, Scotland Yard said.

Raids took place across six properties in London, Birmingham and elsewhere in connection with the attack, Acting deputy commissioner Mark Rowley, the Met's top anti-terror officer, said this morning.

MI5 chief: Westminster terror attack 'disgusting'

MI5 chief Andrew Parker said the agency is 'fully mobilised' in support of the police. Credit: PA

MI5 Director General Andrew Parker has condemned the Westminster terror attack in which four people were killed as "appalling and disgusting".

The attacker was shot dead by police after mowing down pedestrians with his car on Westminster Bridge.

He then fatally stabbing a police officer at the Houses of Parliament.
Mr Parker said the agency's operational response is "fully mobilised in support of the police".

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UK and France stand 'absolutely shoulder to shoulder'

Sir Alan Duncan said France and the UK stand 'shoulder to shoulder' Credit: ITV News

Britain and France stand "absolutely shoulder to shoulder" in the wake of the Westminster terrorist attack.

Sir Alan Duncan, minister for foreign affairs, said the UK hoped to extend "the same co-operation and assistance" to French victims as France had shown to British casualties in the 2015 Paris terror attacks.

Speaking at a press conference with France's foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Sir Alan said: "We stand absolutely shoulder to shoulder as two countries who have both faced terrorist attacks.

"In the same way as France was absolutely amazing for our victims after the Bataclan attack, we welcome the minister here today and hope that we can afford to him the same co-operation and assistance."

Mr Ayrault said that France hoped to deliver a message of "solidarity and compassion" to the UK.

'We are not afraid' - defiant message in wake of terror attack

Floral tributes and a defiant message in the wake of the London terror attack Credit: ITV News

Floral tributes left close to the scene of Wednesday's terror attack in Westminster came with a message declaring: "We are not afraid."

"Our hearts are with you," it added.

A candlelit vigil will take place in Trafalgar Square from 6pm this evening, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced.

Silence held in House of Commons following terror attack

MPs held a minute's silence in the House of Commons in tribute to those killed in Wednesday's terror attack.

The silence was held at 9.33am in tribute to Pc Keith Palmer, the police officer killed in the attack, who wore the shoulder number 933.

As the House of Commons opened, Speaker John Bercow said: "Colleagues, in respectful memory of those who lost their lives in yesterday's attack and of all of the casualties, we shall now observe a minute's silence."

Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords took the decision to sit on Thursday after Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement that any attempt to defeat the values Parliament stands for was "doomed to failure".

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