MPs Oliver Dowden, Sir Oliver Heald, Grant Shapps and Stephen McPartland ‘hunkered down in meeting rooms’ amid lockdown after shooting at Houses of Parliament

PUBLISHED: 15:43 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 22 March 2017

Knebworth and Codicote MP Stephen McPartland said he saw 'brave police officers and security pulling public inside to safety'.

Knebworth and Codicote MP Stephen McPartland said he saw 'brave police officers and security pulling public inside to safety'.

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Potters Bar MP Oliver Dowden, Knebworth and Codicote MP Stephen McPartland, Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps, and North Herts MP Sir Oliver Heald, are ‘hunkered down in meeting rooms’ amid lockdown after a shooting at the Houses of Parliament.

Hertsmere MP Oliver DowdenHertsmere MP Oliver Dowden

Knebworth and Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland tweeted: “Heard gunfire but safe inside Parliament now. Saw brave police officers and security pulling public inside to safety.”

He said: “We are all in different sections of the building as we were about to vote.

“I saw them pull at least 20 to 30 people inside near the door I was using and lock it down.

“Lots of armed police are running towards the incident.”

Proceedings in the House of Commons have been suspended amid the attack, during which two people are thought to have been injured, with one reported to be a police officer.

Sir Oliver Heald, MP for North East Herts, said: “We’re hunkered down in meeting rooms. The position is still uncertain at the moment.

“It’s obviously very worrying but the speaker is investigating with the security people to figure out what’s going on.”


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