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"The man was British-born" - Theresa May's statement

WE ALL STAND TOGETHER: Members of Parliament stand for prayer and one minute of silence this morning

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May began her statement about yesterday's terror attack by thanking Parliament's speaker, the Rt. Hon. MP John Bercow who opened proceedings with a resolute and respectful summary of events and Britain's collective response.

The Prime Minister said:

"Today we meet as normal...to deliver a simple message - we are not afraid - and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism."

She then continued by outlining what democracy entails for Brits:

"...free speech, liberty, human rights and the rule of law."

Giving a detailed description of the sequence of events comprised the attack, the Prime Minister went on to describe those present as people that had decided to come to Westminster to:

"...gather to celebrate what it means to be free. This was an attack on free people everywhere."

Moving on to thank key people and fill in the blanks surrounding the identify of the attacker, she stated:

"On behalf of the British people I thank our friends and allies around the world that have made it clear that they stand with us.

"There are limits to what I can say...

"48-year-old PC Keith Palmer was killed. PC Palmer devoted his life to the service of his country. He was a husband and a father, killed doing the job he loved. He was every inch a hero and his actions will never be forgotten.

"Thank you to all those that acted with such speed and professionalism to secure this place (the Houses of Parliament).

Mrs May confirmed:

"The UK terror threat level will not change.

"Hundreds of our police and security officers have been working through the night. The man (killer) was British-born and some years ago investigated by MI5...he was a peripheral figure."

"We are working on the assumption that he was inspired by Islamist idealism.

"The police heroically did. Their. Job."

In a final statement, the Prime Minister insisted:

"Our values will prevail".

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