Theresa May gave a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday following a terrorist attack on the parliamentary estate the day before.
The Prime Minister stated the terrorist was a British-born man who had been investigated in the past by MI5, although he was only investigated as “a peripheral figure”, adding that he was known to the intelligence services as a historical figure.
“His identity is known to the police and MI5, and when operational considerations allow, he will be publicly identified. What I can confirm is that the man was British born and that – some years ago – he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism.
“He was a peripheral figure. The case is historic – he was not part ofd the current intelligence picture,” said Theresa May.
Mrs May went on to insist that the attacks would not change the way of life.
“It is in these actions – millions of acts of normality – that we find the best response to terrorism. A response that denies our enemies their victory. That refuses to let them win. That shows we will never give in.
“A response driven by that same spirit that drove a husband and father to put himself between us and our attacker, and to pay the ultimate price.
“A response that says to the men and women who propagate this hate and evil: you will not defeat us.”
The Prime Minister was praised by Members of Parliament from all political parties for her strong and defiant speeches, both on Downing Street on Wednesday and in the Commons on Thursday.