MP speaks out fol­low­ing deadly at­tack

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

MP David Rut­ley has spo­ken of the ‘tragic and sober­ing’ at­tack at Westminster.

Mr Rut­ley, who rep­re­sents Mac­cles­field, was at Par­lia­ment when Khalid Ma­sood used a 4x4 to plough into pedes­tri­ans on Westminster Bridge be­fore run­ning into the grounds of Par­lia­ment with a knife, fa­tally stab­bing PC Keith Palmer.

Speak­ing from a ‘safe place’ out­side the House of Com­mons cham­ber soon af­ter the at­tack which killed five peo­ple - in­clud­ing Ma­sood - and left at least 50 in­jured, Mr Rut­ley said: “I was walk­ing over to the cham­ber for the vote.

“As I was walk­ing across I heard a loud thud and some com­mo­tion which I as­sumed must have re­lated to the demon­stra­tion.

“But clearly as we’ve learned that thud must have been po­lice shots in this very tragic in­ci­dent.

“Then I went into the vote and then the build­ing went into lock­down. I’ve just been es­corted out by heav­ily armed po­lice with other MPs into a safe the tragic events in Lon­don. It is ut­terly shock­ing and dev­as­tat­ing that such a thing can hap­pen and I would like to pay place out­side the cham­ber. Po­lice are do­ing an in­cred­i­ble job mak­ing sure we’re safe. Peo­ple are be­ing calm and fol­low­ing in­struc­tions. The thoughts of ev­ery­one are with those peo­ple in­jured, in the tragic in­ci­dent on the bridge and with the po­lice­man’s fam­ily. It’s been very sober­ing in­deed.”

The sit­ting in the House of Com­mons was sus­pended while po­lice of­fi­cers sealed off the area around the in­ci­dent.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Wed­nes­day, March 22.

Nine peo­ple have been ar­rested in re­la­tion to the at­tack.

Coun­cil leader Rachel Bai­ley signs the book

MP David Rut­ley spoke af­ter the at­tack

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