The Rugby MP praised the ‘bravery’ of the security services at Westminster ‘keeping MPs safe’ as he spoke to the Advertiser while locked in the Commons Chamber due to the terrorist incident.
An attacker ploughed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, with at least three people killed, before fatally stabbing a policeman and getting shot themselves.
Mark Pawsey had just voted after a debate in Westminster Hall when he was told to go into the main chamber and wait while the incident was dealt with.
The Conservative MP thanked everyone who had messaged him to make sure he was okay and said his thoughts are with those affected.
“I often ask visitors for their impressions of the security at Parliament and they mainly comment on the armed police but it’s because of them we are safe,” he said from the chamber.
“A lot of people here owe their safety to the bravery of the guys protecting us.
“Everyone here is concerned about for the people outside and we’re just waiting to know if it’s going to safe to get back home.”
MPs have recently been let out of Parliament, having been locked in since around 2.45pm, with all business cancelled for the day as well as in the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament.
Mr Pawsey was at the opening of the new London Taxi Company factory at Anstey Park this morning but rushed back to London for the debate in his role as Parliamentary Private Secretary.
He would have been with the Rugby High School students who were on a school trip to Westminster otherwise.
“There was a school party in the gallery at the time so I was looking up to see if any were Rugby High School students watching proceedings, but they weren’t,” he said.
Friends and family members soon messaged the MP after news of the incident broke out, Mr Pawsey said.
“I’m very grateful to the many people messaging me to make sure I was okay,” he said.