BREAKING NEWS 6.20PM South Holland political leaders react to terrorist attack in London

A suspected terrorist attack has taken place in the area of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, London.                           Photo by South West News Service.
A suspected terrorist attack has taken place in the area of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster, London. Photo by South West News Service.
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Political leaders representing South Holland have expressed their shock and sadness at a suspected terrorist attack near Parliament in London.

Four people are reported to have died, including an armed police officer who was stabbed at the House of Parliament, and 20 people were injured in the incident this afternoon.

Proceedings in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords were suspended as news of the attack broke, with Lord Taylor of Holbeach among those at Parliament when the incident took place.

A spokesman from Taylors Bulbs of Holbeach, which Lord Taylor used to run, confirmed that both he and his wife were “absolutely fine”.

Meanwhile, the Leader of South Holland District Council, Coun Gary Porter, was elsewhere in London at the time the attack began.

Coun Porter, who was made a Peer (or member of the House of Lords) in September 2015, said: “I was supposed to be in the House of Lords when it all kicked off.

“But I had to be at the Local Government Association offices in London for a special executive meeting which meant that I was running late in trying to get back to Westminster.

“It’s a tragedy to hear what’s happened and my heart goes out to those people who have died or been injured.

“But it won’t change the way London operates.”

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, was in Coventry on a visit to a new factory in his capacity as Transport Minister.

He said: “I arrived back in London for my late afternoon appointments when I got the news.

“It was quite fortunate that I wasn’t in and around Westminster as I normally am.”