Westminster attack: ‘The business of Parliament has not been stopped by this act of terror’ says MP

Dr Caroline Johnson, MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham.
Dr Caroline Johnson, MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham.

MP Caroline Johnson has spoken out following the terror attack that gripped Westminster yesterday (Wednesday).

The MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham – whose constituency covers the area north of Grantham – was in the House of Commons when the incident happened outside.

Dr Johnson released a statement this afternoon, which reads: “I am deeply saddened by the events yesterday, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this attack and their loved ones, in particular the family of Pc Keith Palmer. A former soldier and member of the police for 15 years, this was a man who spent his entire life in service of his country, and who has paid the ultimate sacrifice defending his country from those who would wish to harm and divide us.

“I was voting during the attack, and spent several hours in the chamber with fellow members, while the emergency services calmly handled the situation.

“When tragedies such as these strike it is important in the aftermath to highlight not the cowardly perpetrator who carried out the attack, but those heroic individuals who ran towards the danger, not away from it - the police who stopped the attacker, my colleague Tobias Ellwood MP who tried to help Pc Palmer, the NHS staff of St Thomas’s hospital, who ran across to Westminster Bridge into potential danger as events unfolded and the ordinary citizens who helped those who were hurt. The professionalism and immense bravery of our emergency services showcases the very best of our values.

“The business of Parliament however has not been stopped by this act of terror - and I joined my fellow members this morning in returning to Westminster and sitting in the house as business resumed. The values of democracy and liberty that this country stands for have been tested repeatedly over the course of our history, and held firm - and despite this attack at the very heart of our democracy they will continue to hold.”