Heroic PC Keith Palmer to be remembered with memorial stone in Westminster
A police officer that was murdered during the Westminster terror attack will be commemorated with a memorial stone in Parliament.
The monument in memory of PC Keith Palmer will be laid near the spot he was killed by a knife-wielding terrorist in March.
It will be placed near the Carriage Gates - the entrance that MPs use to get into the Parliament grounds - which PC Palmer was guarding when he was fatally stabbed.
Paying tribute to him, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom hailed his "bravery and courage" in confronting the terrorist, Khalid Masood.
Mrs Leadsom said: "Keith Palmer showed huge bravery and courage when he sought to protect our parliamentary community from a terror attack. He was also a father, a husband, a Charlton Athletic fan, and now also the posthumous recipient of the George medal. The Police Memorial Trust are working with Westminster City Council to erect a memorial stone outside Carriages Gate, which is something we'll all be pleased to see," she added.
Conservative MP James Cleverly, who knew PC Palmer for 25-years and served with him in the Royal Artillery, posted the following tribute on Twitter.
I’m please that after my request earlier this year, the Government has confirmed there will be a permanent memorial stone erected to PC Keith Palmer near where he was killed in Parliament.
— James Cleverly (@JamesCleverly) December 21, 2017
Earlier this year, PC Palmer was posthumously awarded the George medal and added to the Police Roll of Honour.