Motherwell and Wishaw MP Marion Fellows said the horror terrorist attack will never leave her but we should never give into terrorism

29th March 2017

From the Wishaw Press

MP Marion Fellows this week said the horror terrorist attack in Westminster last week will never leave her but we should never give into terrorism.

The Motherwell and Wishaw MP was going through the lobby to vote in the House of Parliament when evil killer Khalid Masood’s mowed down three pedestrians on Westminster Bridge and stabbed to death unarmed constable Keith Palmer with a kitchen knife on a day of carnage last Wednesday.

Seconds earlier mother-of-two Aysha Frade, US tourist Kurt Cochran and retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes died when Masood drove his car into people on Westminster Bridge.

Mrs Fellows told the Wishaw Press: “As I go back to Westminster on Monday, I am thinking about the terrible events of last Wednesday.

“It is hard to think about PC Palmer and those innocent bystanders who were killed by a terrorist intent on creating mayhem in the UK Parliament.

“All needless deaths, killed by a man who had rejected the democratic process in favour of extremism.

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who lost loved ones, in particular with the family of PC Keith Palmer who bravely protected people against this senseless attack.”

Mrs Fellows praised the security staff and said they deserved “the utmost recognition for their efforts and courage”.

She added: “As I sat in the Chamber during lockdown I could not help but feel guilty. As news filtered in of what had happened and the subsequent deaths that afternoon all MPs were shocked and saddened.

“It was a surreal experience sitting in the Chamber using a phone and an iPad to keep in touch with friends and family and to get the latest news.

“Unusually, I had two members of staff in Westminster that day.

“I had just gone through the division lobby to vote and they were attending a meeting in the Committee Corridor of the House. The Chamber was immediately locked down and I was not able to go and find my staff who were moved out of the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey.

“When I returned to my accommodation that night I checked the time and was astonished it was only just after 8pm. I would have reckoned on it being nearer midnight. Walking in to work on Thursday morning past all the media satellite vans, along eerily quiet streets towards Parliament security was noticeably tighter. The number of police officers on duty had significantly increased. It was immensely reassuring but extremely sad to see them there as they were carrying on as normal in spite of losing a colleague and perhaps a friend.

“It was on that walk that the full horror of what happened on Wednesday afternoon struck home. It will never leave me. After the statement from the Prime Minister business was carried on as usual which I truly believe is the right response in these circumstances. Security will be tightened even more and we will all be more watchful.

“We must, I believe, never give in to terrorism in any form. The democratic process is too precious to give up in fear. It won’t ever be the same for me walking into work but I am proud to do it and am determined to keep doing it for as long as I am elected to represent the people of Motherwell and Wishaw.”