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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".

Fresh pressure on Speaker Bercow over Brexit views

Speaker John Bercow is under fresh pressure over his impartiality after a video emerged in which he admitted he voted for Britain to remain in the European Union.

Bercow is already facing a motion of no confidence after suggesting President Trump should not be allowed to speak in Parliament during a state visit.

Constitutional expert, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, told ITV News that the Speaker represents the House of Commons and therefore "it is not for the Speaker to put his own views forward in public".

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