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Essex MP calls for posthumous honour for fallen policeman in emotional House of Commons tribute

Braintree MP James Cleverly has asked that the policeman killed whilst guarding the Palace of Westminster be given a posthumous honour.

Pc Keith Palmer was stabbed to death by an attacker who crashed on Westminster Bridge before trying to run into Parliament grounds.

Mr Cleverly met him 25 years ago in the Royal Artillery, and had been friendly with him ever since becoming an MP and passing him on the gates of Parliament.

In an emotional tribute he gave praise to a "strong, professional public servant"

He was a strong, professional public servant, and it was a delight to meet him again only a few months after being elected.

Would my right honourable friend the Prime Minister in recognition of the work that he did and the other police officers and public servants here in the house do, consider recognising his gallantry and sacrifice formerly with a posthumous recognition.

– James Cleverly MP

"Please stop your stupid attention seeking comments": Essex MP blasts Katie Hopkins after US TV news appearance

An Essex MP has blasted claims made on US TV by a controversial news commentator that people are "cowed", "afraid", and "not united" following the London terror attack.

Katie Hopkins speaking on Fox News said "People are cowed. People are afraid. And people are not united."

But travelling to Westminster this morning the Braintree MP James Cleverly, who was also a friend of the police officer killed in the attack, said "No one is cowed, afraid or divided. Please stop your stupid attention seeking comments.

Essex Police confirm car used in terror attack not registered in Essex

Essex Police have said they are "not looking for any vehicle in connection with" the terrorist incident in London.

It comes after reports that the car that was used in the attack was registered in Essex.

Media speculation that the number plate of the car linked to the attacks in Westminster is registered in Essex is not accurate and have caused an increase in concerned local comment and calls to police.

For clarity, Essex Police are not looking for any vehicle in connection with the incident and there is no suggestion that any Essex-registered vehicle is involved.

– Essex Police.

Essex MP says he's 'heartbroken' at death of friend in terror attack

James Cleverly MP, Braintree, Conservative Credit: ITV News Anglia

The MP from Braintree James Cleverly says he's 'heartbroken' at the death of Pc Keith Palmer who he's known for twenty five years. Speaking on Twitter he said they'd served together in the Royal Artillery.

PC Keith Palmer died in the attack Credit: Police

PC Palmer was one of five people to be killed, including the attacker, with 40 people left seriously injured.

Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords will sit as normal today to show defiance in the wake of the attack.


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Four dead and 20 injured in Westminster attack, police say

Four people are dead and more than 20 have been injured in the attack at Westminster, Scotland Yard's top anti-terror officer Mark Rowley has confirmed.

Those killed include the policeman at the scene and the suspected attacker, who was killed by police firearms officer.

Mr Rowley told reporters outside New Scotland Yard, just yards from the scene of the attack: "This was a day we've planned for but hoped would never happen. Sadly it is now a reality."

Terror witness: "The driver, brandishing a knife ran down the pavement and the crowd scattered"

Dr Charles was in a building overlooking the area where the attack happened.

he reports hearing a loud bang, and seeing a Hyundai car crashed into the railings. It is thought the car is registered in Chelmsford.

he says the driver ran down the pavement brandishing a knife. Listen to his eyewitness report below.

Norman Lamb: 'I desperately hope this isn't a shape of things to come'

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb was caught up in the events at Westminster as they unfolded.

Two people are confirmed to have died after a knifeman brought terror to the heart of Westminster before being shot by armed officers.

Mr Lamb has spoken to ITV News Anglia, as he was on his way back to Portcullis House when the attack took place.

It is incredibly distressing. The thought that an innocent civilian has lost their life on Westminster bridge and others are catastrophically injured is just awful.

It is just really shocking. There was a sense and a certain inevitability that something like this was going to happen at some stage.

The first instinct is that your thoughts go out to loved ones and those that have lost their lives.

I desperately hope that this isn't a shape of things to come, but obviously we wait to hear about the security assessment and what has happened.

– Norman Lamb
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