Aberdeen’s two MPs have spoken of their shock and sadness in the wake of the Westminster attack and expressed their thanks to all those who help protect them.
Callum McCaig said he had come to know the parliamentary police since being elected and found them to be “some of the kindest and most helpful people” at parliament.
Kirsty Blackman added that, upon returning to work, she would have “more gratitude than ever”.
The Aberdeen North MP continued: “We are all still in shock from the horrific attack on innocent people in Westminster.
“I will always be grateful for PC Keith Palmer’s service and that of all the Metropolitan Police who keep us safe in London.
“Three other innocent lives were lost, and at least 40 people were injured with many still in hospital.
“Those individuals and their families will have to live with the devastating physical and emotional scars caused by a person who set out only to take lives and spread hate.
“As we return to work, we will have more gratitude than ever for the people who protect us.”
Mr McCaig, who represents Aberdeen South, said the devastation could still be felt in Westminster and London.
He added: “As we resume business or return to our constituencies, we do so with a heavy heart.
“Since becoming an MP, I have come to know the police on the parliamentary estate as some of the kindest and most helpful people there, and I am deeply saddened that we have lost an officer who died protecting us and the staff and visitors at parliament.
“The actions of the attacker had nothing to do with religion or belief, they were based on a hateful and twisted motivation to kill and spread fear.
“Today we are not afraid, though, we are more grateful than ever for those who safeguard our democracy and protect us.”