‘We are not afraid’: Theresa May delivers her parliament speech less than 24 hours after the London attack

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LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her speech to the House of Commons on Thursday morning, following the London attack.

May was speaking to MPs less than 24 hours after a yet to be identified terrorist fatally stabbed a police officer in the entrance to parliament shortly after mowing down pedestrians on nearby Westminster bridge, killing at least two.

She said: “An act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy but today we meet as normal… we are not afraid and our resolve will never waver in the face of terrorism.

“We know that democracy and the values it entails will always prevail.”

The prime minister added that the attacks were an attack on “free speech, liberty, human rights and the rule of law” and “free people” in London and beyond.

She went on to say: “Yesterday we saw the worst of humanity, but we will remember the best.”

She also confirmed that the attacker was British-born and once investigated by MI5 for terrorism-related activity as a “peripheral” figure but was not “part of the current intelligence picture.” She did not disclose any more details.

“We are not afraid”: Theresa May says in the Commons, making statement on the #London terror attack #Westminster pic.twitter.com/r2DGNsXDx7

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PM @theresa_may pays tribute to PC Keith Palmer. “He was every inch a hero and his actions will never be forgotten.” #London #Westminster pic.twitter.com/w1WT2C7DDy

— Sky News (@SkyNews) March 23, 2017

The police officer has been named as 48-year-old husband and father PC Keith Palmer and the first civilian casualty to be named is 43-year-old mother of two Aysha Frade.

Six addresses have been raided and eight arrests made since the attacks on Wednesday.

May was quickly ushered into a car and driven away from Westminster as the attack took place. Conservative MP Tobias Elwood attempted mouth-to-mouth on PC Palmer prior to the officer passing away.

A candlelit vigil will take place at nearby Trafalgar Square tonight in solidarity with the victims.

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