Hilary Benn and Chris Bryant have condemned the attack
Former Labour frontbencher Hilary Benn said he was “expecting something like this” to happen, while Chris Bryant MP said the iconic Houses of Parliament were always going to be a target for would-be terrorists.
Mr Benn was coming out of the division lobbies in Parliament when the attack had occurred and remained trapped inside the Westminster Palace for a number of hours as police attempted to bring the situation under control.
I think we have all been expecting something like this to happen at some time in some part of our country
The Leeds Central MP told the Express.co.uk: “Honestly, I think we have all been expecting something like this to happen at some time in some part of our country.
“It’s why the police and intelligence services consistently have said consistently and rightly that an attack was highly likely.
“They have been absolutely honest with the public in saying we are working day in, day out to protect us and they do an extraordinary job.
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Politicians from around the world have responded to the London terror attack which led to the death of five people – including a police officer and the attacker – and injured more than 40.
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At least five people have been killed including a policeman and the attacker
“But they were also being truthful that it is not possible to stop every attack.
“Therefore I suppose I felt at some point, something like this would happen.
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“But it doesn’t lessen the shock and the pain and sense of grief for, above all, for the families of those who have lost their lives will feel tonight as they realise the loved one they waved off this morning isn’t coming home.”
Fellow Labour MP Mr Bryant, who was in the tea room waiting for the second vote in the House of Commons at the time of the attack, also expected a similar horrific event to strike Britain.
He said: “I’ve been involved in all these discussions in the House of Commons for quite some time, I was always saying an MP would one day be killed, probably in their constituency, and that happened last summer.
He added: “We have always known that building is a target, that’s just a fact. Sometimes its disturbed individuals… but we are a democracy, and the most important thing is that we sit tomorrow… no one will destroy the sprit of the British people.”
Police are continuing their search
The Rhondda MP added a member of his staff may have seen some of the carnage which ensued outside Parliament.
Mr Bryant said: “My first thought was whether my staff were OK. My office looks straight down onto the area where everything took place.
“We could not get very much information but I think my member of staff may have seen some of what might have happened so I’m concerned for her.”