MPs make emotional calls for formal recognition for policeman killed in Westminster attack

 
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The police officer killed in the terror attack at the heart of Westminster should be receive a posthumous honour or a formal memorial, three MPs have said.

PC Keith Palmer was killed yesterday afternoon in what Prime Minister Theresa May has described as a "sick and depraved attack".

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Tory backbencher James Cleverly paid an emotional tribute to Palmer, with whom he had served in the Army.

Cleverly, who had known Palmer for more than 20 years, described the "gunner Palmer" as a "strong, professional public servant".

His voice cracking with emotion, Cleverly added that it was "a delight to meet him here again" upon being elected to Westminster.

"Would my right honourable friend [May] consider recognising his gallantry and sacrifice with formally with a posthumous recognition?" Cleverly asked.

May responded that such issues would be considered "in due course".

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Cleverly's request came after Conservative MP Nigel Evans similarly suggested a lasting memorial to Palmer.

"Keith Palmer was one of us. The police who protect us are one of us. The tribute to Keith and the police are that we are here today, and our proceedings are going on," Evans said.

"I do hope that at an appropriate time, with discussion with the family, that we too may be able to look at a lasting memorial to Keith in order that each and every one of us know that there are people putting their lives on the line for our democracy today," he added.

Responding to his suggestion, May said: "I'm sure Mr speaker and the House authorities will wish to consider the point that he has made."

The calls from Cleverly and Evans echoed the suggestion of their fellow Conservative MP Michael Fabricant, who last night tweeted:

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