British Prime Minister Theresa May stood before the U.K. Parliament on Thursday morning and addressed the governing body a day after a terror attack on the Westminster Bridge and Parliament grounds left five dead, including the attacker, and at least 40 wounded. May’s 10-minute address was wide-ranging. She touched on the strength of the British people to remain strong in the face of such an attack, praised the slain police officer who died heroically trying to stop the assailant, lauded the efforts of MP Tobias Ellwood, who desperately tried to saved the life of the the slain officer, and updated lawmakers on the status of the investigation
“Yesterday an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy,” May told the Parliament, and, indeed, her nation and the world. “But today we meet as normal, as generations have done before us and as future generations will continue to do, to deliver a simple message: We are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism. And we meet here in the oldest of all parliaments because we know democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”
May singled out the efforts of Keith Palmer, the police officer who died defending Parliament.
“PC Palmer had devoted his life to the service of his country. He had been a member of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection command for 15 years, and a soldier in the Royal Artillery before that,” May said. “He was a husband and a father, killed doing a job he loved. He was every inch a hero. And his actions will never be forgotten.”
May also called attention to the global nature of the attack.
“In addition to 12 Britons admitted to hospital, we know the victims include three French children, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks,” she said. Later it was revealed that an American tourist, Kurt Cochran, among those killed, and his wife, Melissa, remained in the hospital with injuries, according to CNN. The two were in London celebrating their anniversary. Officials also identified Aysha Frade, 43, a British teacher as one of those killed in the attack, The New York Times reported.
May appeared to become emotional when she praised Ellwood for his effort. “I thank my honorable friend for the obvious, not just compassion, but passion that he has given about an individual he knew … having served in our armed forces and then come here to this place and paid the ultimate sacrifice here at our heart of democracy, I can assure my hon friend that the issue he’s raised is, of course, one that will be considered in due course.” May went on to tell lawmakers 8 arrests had been made in the investigation and that the identity of the attacker was known, but not yet being revealed by investigators. Later in the today, officials identified the suspect, who also died in the attack, as 52-year-old U.K.-native Khalid Masood. Watch the full address below.
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