Those who seek to divide us should be ignoredby Jack Dromey / March 28, 2017 / Leave a comment
Still reeling from the events of the past 24 hours, the community in Westminster went into work on Thursday morning in a state of shock. Sickened by the tragic events that had taken place outside, as names of those who had been killed and injured were still being announced, we gathered in the House of Commons to pay our tributes to them and their families.
We thanked the emergency servicemen and women who worked and are still working tirelessly to keep us safe. We paid particular tributes to hero PC Keith Palmer, who gave his life to save ours, and commended the bravery of Tobias Ellwood MP, who tried to save him. We reflected on the British values that gave rise to the million small acts of bravery and kindness that took place in the heat of the attack; the medical staff who ran courageously towards the chaos, the passers-by who stayed in the face of danger to comfort and tend to the injured, the stoicism and resilience of staff across the parliamentary estate who reassured their colleagues as they watched events unfold on their TV screens and out of their windows.
That bright and eerie morning was our chance as British Members of Parliament to pay tributes in the Commons, to thank the ordinary heroes of the day and to remind those who seek to do us harm that we will not cave to terrorism.
However, not all responded to Wednesday’s horrific events with the kindness and grace that the majority displayed. As we stood to pay our respects in Parliament, in one of the buildings that makes me most proud to be British, a small, shouty minority launched their expected tirade of hate. UKIP leader Paul Nuttall used the opportunity to appear on major news channels, making crude comparisons with cancer to imply that the Muslim community at large was somehow responsible. He should have taken his lead from the dignity of those who had been directly affected. His divisive remarks followed UKIP donor Arron Banks’ intimation whilst the tragedy was still ongoing that Theresa May was somehow to blame for letting “illegals” into our country. Nigel Farage asserted that “uncontrolled immigration” was to blame.