Eastbourne’s MP has praised the emergency services who responded to the terror attack in Westminster yesterday (22 March).
Caroline Ansell, who was just moments away from what happened, has released a statement following the atrocity in the capital saying, “This is a fast-moving investigation and it’s clear the police and security services are working hard to get to the bottom of what happened, who was involved and if there is any evidence of a wider plot.
“Like many, I remain very shocked by what happened as I was only seconds from the attacker and I heard the gunshots. My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones and to those who have been injured - they were innocent people going about their lives.
“But I am also very relieved this appears to be a rudimentary attack and not something more organised and similar in its scope as Mumbai or Paris where automatic weapons were used.
“The police and emergency services must take credit for their response and that our democracy remains unharmed.
“We must also in deeds echo the words of the Prime Minister that these attacks are doomed to failure. We cannot and we must not be cowed by these threats to our democracy and our way of life. We must continue our lives, our work or picking up our children from school; we must not allow these cowardly people to defeat what we hold dear.
“I will be walking across Westminster Bridge to pay my respects to those so sadly killed and injured, but to also make it clear we are not scared or defeated by those who seek to harm us.”