MSPs have been calling for business to be suspended following the terror attack
After a brief debate in Holyrood proceedings were suspended.
Jamie Greene, MSP, tweeted there was a “tense atmosphere” in the Scottish parliament after news of the terror attack in London reached north of the border.
The Conservative member for West Scotland added police descended onto the chamber in the wake of the rampage on Wednesday afternoon.
He said: “Tense atmosphere in Holyrood Chamber as phones ping with news from Westminster.
Very disappointed that this debate is carrying on in light of tragic events in Westminster.@ScotParl
— Fin Carson MSP (@fincarson) March 22, 2017
“First Minister has left Chamber, lots of police in gallery.”
MSPs are debating whether to back a motion calling for a new independence vote on leaving the UK, before Britain leaves the European Union.
The debate and vote was expected to ramp up pressure on prime minister Theresa May to grant Scotland a second vote, just three years after the first one.
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Emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster, London, after policeman has been stabbed and his apparent attacker shot by officers in a major security incident at the Houses of Parliament
Adam Tomkins, MSP for Glasgow, posted: “Decision is for Holyrood authorities, but I for one would like business to be suspended here given what's happening in Westminster.”
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Fellow MSP Adam Morris echoed his peer, writing: “MSPs tearing strips off each other (as they should) isn't going to look very good while all this is going on at Westminster.”
Fin Carson, MSP for Galloway & West Dumfries, confirmed he had left the chamber of his own volition.
He tweeted: “I have left chamber. I can't understand how this debate can go on. At least a suspension would have shown some respect @ScotParl.”
Scottish parliament officials released a statement, which said: “We are aware of a developing situation at Westminster this afternoon and are monitoring matters very closely.
“While there is no intelligence to suggest there is a specific threat to Scotland, Edinburgh or Holyrood we have increased security with immediate effect at the Scottish Parliament as a precaution.
Not sure how appropriate it is for this @ScotParl debate to carry on given the shocking news from Westminster
— Murdo Fraser (@murdo_fraser) March 22, 2017
“In the meantime, we would ask all building users to be vigilant whilst going about business and also when leaving or coming to Parliament.”
The incident began just before 3pm when a vehicle reportedly careered into pedestrians on Westminster bridge, before what is believed to be driver then continued into parliament square.
The attacker is then said to have smashed into railings outside the House of Parliament, injuring more people.
Despite being confronted by police they allegedly made their way into the Old Palace Yard and stabbed an officer before being shot by armed police.
Mrs May was said to be quickly escorted out of parliament, believing to be inside when the attack unfolded, with her car was spotted speeding away from the scene.
Parliament has been suspended and placed in lockdown after the multiple attacks.
Kevin Stewart MSP, member for Aberdeen Central & Scottish Government Minister, tweeted: “Horrific news coming from Westminster. Thoughts are with everyone.”
The live feed from the Holyrood chamber was temporarily interrupted.