Liz McInnes, Member of Parliament for Heywood and Middleton and Shadow Foreign Minister, has issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s terror attack in London.
‘Yesterday’s attack in Westminster was cowardly and vicious. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those innocent people who were killed and injured. The terrorist, whatever his precise motives prove to be, is the worst of humanity, cruel and indiscriminate. In contrast, the response to his actions by others demonstrated the very best of humanity.
PC Keith Palmer is a hero who will be remembered for giving his life so that others may live. He was a husband and a father and my heart goes out to his family. My thoughts and sincere thanks are today also with his colleagues who, as always, are bravely and professionally carrying out their duties, dedicated to protecting others.
My fellow MP Tobias Ellwood did all he could to help save PC Palmer’s life and is also, quite rightly, being hailed as a hero.
Many others acted selflessly and with incredible bravery to help the victims on Westminster Bridge and outside parliament in the moments after the attack and they each represent the best of us.
When horrific events like this occur, we must strive to remember these acts of humanity which outnumber and will outlast in every way the actions of violent cowards. We must remember those like PC Keith Palmer who when confronted with danger resist the natural urge for personal safety and instead run towards it in order to keep others from harm.
There will be those who will seek to capitalise on yesterday’s events and to sow division in our country, but that would be exactly what those who use terror as a tool would want us to do. I believe that our democracy and our way of life is stronger than the power of any terrorist. The terrorists will only succeed if we ourselves retreat into hatred and division. We must remember and uphold the very values the terrorists would seek to destroy – tolerance, compassion, freedom and democracy.
At times of crisis such as this it is more important than ever that we unite as one to remember those values and the very best of humanity, as so clearly demonstrated by PC Palmer and others.’