MP’s speak of their shock after attacks in the heart of Paris

Police activity by the Bataclan concert hall, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 129 people. PPP-151114-123230001

Police activity by the Bataclan concert hall, Paris, one of the venues for the attacks in the French capital which are feared to have killed around 129 people. PPP-151114-123230001

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MEMBERS of Parliament have expressed their shock and sadness after last night’s horrific attacks in the French capital.

Fareham MP Suella Fernandes said: ‘It’s so shocking and saddening and it feels very close to home.

‘That just shows how vulnerable we are. We have to be resilient and courageous and stay vigilant.

‘I lived in Paris for a year and I speak French fluently and I love the city.

‘I studied right in the centre of the city when I lived there, not far from where some of the attacks took place.

‘It’s just barbaric.’

Havant MP Alan Mak said: ‘The attacks in Paris are horrifying and sickening. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, and the French people.

‘Britain and France are standing together, as we have so often before in our history when confronted by evil, and we will not allow terror to change our way of life.

‘Hampshire Police have been in touch to say there are no specific threats locally, but we must all support the police, local councils and community groups to counter extremism locally and in Britain generally.

‘Britain is a diverse, multicultural society and we are stronger for it, but we must always combat extremism and radicalisation wherever it threatens our freedom, peace and democracy.’

George Hollingbery is the MP for the Meon Valley. He said: ‘These terrible events sadly shows us just how vulnerable our way of life is when confronted by terrorism.

‘I’m sure that the British government is offering all the help it can to the French authorities so they can quickly find out how this happened and find those responsible.’

Flick Drummond, MP for Portsmouth South, said: ‘My heart goes out to all the families. You go out to a concert or a football match and this sort of thing happens. It’s terrible. You don’t expect it.

‘It’s really sad.

‘The terrorists aren’t going to go away. We are going to have to take some sort of action.’

Penny Mordant, forces minister and MP for Portsmouth North, described the attacks as barbaric.

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