Parliament to erect memorial stone in honour of murdered police officer Keith Palmer

Posted On: 
21st December 2017

A permanent memorial is to be built outside Parliament in memory of Keith Palmer, the police officer murdered in a terror attack earlier this year.

Pallbearers carrying the coffin of PC Keith Palmer after his funeral service
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PA

The 48-year-old was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood while defending the parliamentary estate during the Westminster Bridge attack on 22 March.

The Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, told MPs this morning that there were now plans for a commemoration for PC Palmer.

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"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," she said.

"The Police Memorial Trust are working with Westminster City Council to erect a memorial stone outside carriage gates, which is something we’ll all be pleased to see."

Conservative MP James Cleverly, who was a personal friend of PC Palmer, welcomed today's news.

The Braintree MP led calls for a posthumous recognition of the officer, whom he first met 25 years ago when serving in the Territorial Army. 

He also wrote a moving piece for the House magazine about his former colleague shortly after the attack.