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International - March 23, 2017

May, parliament resume sitting after terror attack

British Prime Minister, Theresa May

Less than 24 hours after terror attack brought death and destruction to London, British Prime Minister, Theresa May and members of the British parliament have returned to work.

UK media reports that parliament will put on a show of stoic defiance when MPs attempt to go about their daily duties.

Both the House of Commons and the House of Lords will sit at their normal times on Thursday, despite Westminster playing unwilling host to the massacre the previous day.

PC Keith Palmer, a member of the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Squad, was killed as he tried to stop the attacker at around 2.30pm on Wednesday, while three members of the public were also fatally injured.

The suspect, who was armed with two knives, injured around 40 others as he mowed down pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before crashing at the gates in front of Parliament and stabbing the policeman before being shot dead by armed officers. In all, four people have been reported dead.

In a statement from Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: “Any attempt to defeat our values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.

“(Thursday) morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal.

“And Londoners – and others from around the world who have come here to visit this great city – will get up and go about their day as normal.

“They will board their trains, they will leave their hotels, they will walk these streets, they will live their lives.

“And we will all move forward together, never giving in to terror and never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart,” May said.

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