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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."

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