A Conservative Mp broke down after paying tribute to a police officer murdered in yesterday's terror attack.

James Cleverly MP described PC Keith Palmer as a 'strong, professional public servant' in his response to the Prime Minister's statement on the Westminster attacks in the House of Commons today.

PC Palmer confronted Khalid Masood within the gates of Westminster before he stabbed the police officer and killed him.

Theresa May thanked him for the passion that he gave this country.

She added: 'His efforts will never be forgotten.'

Gallantry and sacrifice

Masood struck numerous pedestrians with a car on Westminster Bridge before smashing it into railings outside Parliament.

He was shot dead following his stabbing of the police officer.

May said to the Commons he was a British citizen who was known to MI5 and the police.

She said the attacker was a 'peripheral' figure who had once been investigated by the security services about violent extremism.

Following the Prime Minister's statement on the attacks, Cleverly said he met PC Palmer 25 years ago when they both gunners in the Royal Artillery together.

He said they met again a few months after he was elected as an MP.

The Tory MP added: 'Would my Right Honourable Friend consider recognising his gallantry and sacrifice with a recognition?'

Heart of democracy

Responding to his speech, the Conservative leader said the officer 'paid the ultimate sacrifice in the heart of democracy.'

She added: 'This is an issue that will be considered.'

It has since been clarified that the officer's name will be added to the Police Roll of Honour.

The 48-year-old officer was a husband and father to a five year old daughter.

His family said he will be 'deeply missed.'

He was also a Charlton Athletic Football Club fan.

The club also paid tribute to PC Palmer by placing a scarf on his former seat.

The time for the silence today was held at 9.33am- to commemorate his shoulder number 933.

People from 11 different countries are among those injured in the atrocity.

The Prime Minister has visited victims at a London hospital.

She spent 40 minutes meeting them and hospital staff.

Two police officers are in a serious condition.

12 Brits, 3 French children, 2 Romanians, 4 South Koreans, 1 German, 1 Pole, 1 Irish citizen, 1 Chinese national, 1 Italian, 1 American and 2 Greeks were injured during the atrocity.

President Trump phoned May after the tragedy took place.

He also paid tribute to the third victim of the attacks, US citizen Kurt Cochran, who was visiting the City as part of his 25 year wedding anniversary to wife Melissa.

Terrorist group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the atrocity today.

In a statement produced by its news agency Amaq, they said a 'soldier' for the group initiated the task in response to calls to pinpoint people residing in coalition states.

It is unclear whether today's attack in the Belgian city of Antwerp is linked to yesterday's tragedy.

A man drove at high speed into a shopping area. He has been arrested.

The driver was Mohamed R, a French citizen of African origin.