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Parliament to resume as normal tomorrow in wake of Westminster terror attack that left four dead

Both the House of Commons and Lords will sit at their usual times the day after the assault at the Palace of Westminster, parliamentary authorities have announced.

Proceedings in the Commons were suspended on Wednesday afternoon as the drama unfolded outside and the House of Lords - which had been due to convene around 15 minutes later - did not sit at all.

An immediate return to normal sitting hours is likely to be seen as a sign of determination that the United Kingdom's democratic processes will not be disrupted by what is believed to be a terrorist attack.

The Commons will sit at 9.30am for questions to International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and a statement from Leader of the House David Lidington, before debates on compensation for Equitable Life policy-holders, social mobility and an incinerator in a Hertfordshire village.

The Lords will convene at 11am for oral questions on nursery care, support for young carers, premium bonds and famine in Africa before debate on homelessness, science and Brexit.

It is not yet known whether any special steps will be taken in the chamber to mark the horrific incidents of Wednesday or to honour the innocent people who died.

Tours, educational visits and banqueting in Parliament on Thursday will be cancelled however.

Access to the public gallery will be maintained.

We can confirm that both the House of Commons and the House of Lords will sit tomorrow at their normal times.

– Parliamentary spokesman
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PM: Thoughts with all affected by 'depraved' terror attack

Prime Minister Theresa May has described the Westminster attack as "sick and depraved".

The prime minister spoke after chairing a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee to discuss the immediate response to the bloody incident at the Palace of Westminster.

Mrs May praised the "exceptional bravery" of police during the attack and said any attempt to defeat the values that Parliament stands for are "doomed to failure".

Mrs May said that any attempt to defeat the values that Parliament stands for was "doomed to failure".

And she vowed: "We will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart."

The UK's terror threat level would remain at "severe", Mrs May said. She praised the bravery of the police officers "who keep us and our democratic institutions safe".

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected, to the victims themselves and to their families and friends, who waved their loved ones off but will not now be welcoming them home.

"For those of us who were in Parliament at the time of this attack, these events provide a particular reminder of the exceptional bravery of our police and security services who risk their lives to keep us safe.

"Once again today, these exceptional men and women ran towards the danger, even as they encouraged others to move the other way."


Police step up patrols after Westminster attack

Police officers stand guard outside the Palace of westminster Credit: PA

Community police officers in Nottingham are stepping up patrols this evening following the terror attack in Westminster today:

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Democracy 'will not be thwarted' by terrorists, warns Lincolnshire MP

Martin Vickers, the Conservative MP for Cleethorpes.

An MP who fled from gunshots during the attack at Westminster has vowed the "democratic process will not be thwarted" by terrorism.

Martin Vickers, the Conservative MP for Cleethorpes, was walking through corridors towards Parliament with colleagues when they heard shots ring out.

He described how they were evacuated from the building by security officers who ordered them out.

We were walking through the corridors, the cloisters, as we know it, in the old part of the palace having come through the tunnel from our office on this side (Whitehall) of the main road.

We were heading towards the voting lobbies and what we now know was, I think it was, three shots rang out.

I was sort of 50 or 60 yards behind my colleagues who were heading in the same direction.

We heard what we now know were shots and colleagues in front of us turned and ran, presumably on the advice of the security services.

We were told to get out of the building...

Obviously it is a sad occasion, particularly for the casualties and their families.

The important thing is that the democratic process will not be thwarted by a terrorist act, if that is what it indeed is.

We will of course carry on.

– Martin Vickers, the Conservative MP for Cleethorpes
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