Theresa May was dramatically evacuated from the scene of today’s London terror attack at high speed in a silver police car. The Prime Minister – who was within a just 40 yards of the scene – was bundled into a Jaguar by police officers. The car then left “at extreme speed” as gunfire rang out at Parliament during the incident, onlookers said.

A Downing Street source said Mrs May was safe and well after the attack, which has left at least four people dead. Other MPs and staff sent messages to friends and family to let them know they were safe. Labour MP Jon Trickett thanked the police and tweeted: “Democracy will not be intimidated by terror.”

The Prime Minister praised the “exceptional bravery” of police and security services during the attack in Westminster, and also paid tribute to the emergency services as a whole. She insisted any attempt to defeat the values that Parliament stands for was “doomed to failure”. She vowed that “the voices of hate and evil” would never be allowed “to drive us apart” and she would “never give in to terror”.