Leeds MP: ‘Democracy endures and prevails over these sickening attacks on it’

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LEEDS East Labour MP Richard Burgon has branded today's terror attack “brutal, senseless and unforgiveable.”

Mr Burgon,who was among MPs locked in the House of Commons this afternoon, added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who have died in this brutal, senseless and unforgiveable attack and those who have been traumatised by witnessing it.
“Our police and security services have yet again demonstrated their dedication and bravery in the face of danger. Our emergency services have yet again demonstrated their skill and compassion and showed how indispensable they are.
“The full picture is not yet clear but what is clear is that democracy endures and prevails over these sickening attacks on it.”
Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, was among members of parliament locked in the House of Commons chamber following the attack.
Mr Andrew tweeted: “Incredible response by emergency services. The sounds of the attack were awful. My thoughts with all victims and pray they are ok.”
Leeds North West Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland tweeted: “Awful news that a woman has died as a result of the attack today. Thoughts & prayers with her & her family.”
Pontefract and Castleford MP Yvette Cooper tweeted: “Police do remarkable job - they run towards danger to keep others safe. We owe deep gratitude to that brave police officer & his colleagues.”
Wakefield MP Mary Creagh told reporters she got staff at Westminster tube station ‘to shut it down’ seconds after she heard gun shots during the terror attack.
The Labour MP told workers at the station, opposite the Palace of Westminster, that they needed to open the doors and get people out as quickly as possible.
During an interview with BBC news, she said she saw people running towards her as she got off an escalator in the station. She said Portsmouth MP Penny Mordaunt shouted: “There’s shots being fired, we need to get out of this place.” Ms Creagh said: “I turned around, the escalators were on the down, we couldn’t get back up.
“We had no choice but to go out of revolving doors one at a time and that’s when I shouted to the security guard ‘you have got to open these doors, we have got to get out of the building now’.”
Ms Creagh then called on controllers to shut the tube station completely to try and keep people out of danger. She said: “I thought to myself actually the one thing we don’t want is a load of tourists walking up and wandering in with their children into this situation.”

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