Defiant British MPs vowing to return to work to prove terrorists won’t win

London: When terror struck the British Parliament, the Commons was immediately suspended.


“I was about to vote and we were informed that an incident was occurring,” Tory MP Andrew Rosindell told Fairfax Media.

“I knew something was seriously wrong but put my faith in our amazing security services.”

“We stood shoulder-to-shoulder with parliamentary colleagues, regardless of their political affiliation in a show of solidarity,” he said.

On Thursday, MPs will put their faith in the institution they love and return to Parliament, defiant that their work will go on.

Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston was caught up in the security lockdown following the attack just before 3pm on Wednesday local time.

“It’s a dreadful day,” she said after leaving Westminster Abbey about 9pm.

But she said she was optimistic about the morning.

“I think that we carry on and I’m very glad Parliament’s sitting because the best response to this, I feel, is that we carry on and to say ‘This is what our democracy is about,” Dr Wollaston said.

Parliamentary adviser Mo Metcalf-Fisher said he would never forget the carnage he saw from his office window.

“I saw lifeless bodies across Westminster Bridge,” he said.

“It was something I never imagined I would encounter during a day in the office.”

But he said he was aware that the British way of life would always be under threat by those who despised freedom and democracy.

“That day was the most harrowing experience at work I’ve had but I will wake up on Thursday ready to fight for the British values all of us who work at Parliament hold dear.”

The steely, determined tone was set by Prime Minister Theresa May, who condemned “the sick and depraved terrorist attack”.

“Tomorrow morning, Parliament will meet as normal. We will come together as normal,” she said.

“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.”

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