London Attacks: James Cleverly pays tribute to PC Keith Palmer

Speaking in the House of Commons, 23rd March 2017Following the Prime Minister's statement on the London attacks, James Cleverly pays a very personal tribute to PC Keith Palmer, whom he has known for 25 years, who was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday preventing the attacker from entering the Houses of Parliament. 

James Cleverly (Braintree) (Con)

While our hearts go to all those people who were wounded and murdered yesterday, and to all the people who sought to help them, I would like, with your indulgence, Mr Speaker, to turn for just a moment to PC Keith Palmer, whom I first met 25 years ago when he was Gunner Keith Palmer at headquarters battery, 100 Regiment Royal Artillery. He was a strong, professional public servant, and it was a delight to meet him here again only a few months after being elected. In recognition of the work that he did and that the other police officers and public servants in the House do, would my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister consider posthumously recognising his gallantry and sacrifice formally?

The Prime Minister

I thank my hon. Friend for not just the compassion but the passion with which he has spoken about an individual he knew, and he bears witness to the tremendous public service that Keith Palmer had given this country in so many ways, having served in our armed forces and then come to this place and made the ultimate sacrifice here, at the heart of our ​democracy. I can assure my hon. Friend that the issue he has raised will, of course, be considered in due course.

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