Public Service

I've been proud to call myself a public servant since starting work in education some thirty years ago.


The senseless murder of members of the public along with that of PC Keith Palmer last Wednesday gives cause to reflect deeply on what this really means.


Because Keith’s death puts the concept of public service and duty into a context, above and beyond the everyday sacrifices made by public servants. As an unarmed police officer he is one of the unimaginably brave men and women who are prepared to run towards danger to protect others from it.


I've been privileged to visit the Houses of Parliament on a number of occasions; I shall be there again a week on Monday. The 'Coppers on the gates' are a constant on these visits. Always friendly, always there for us… and always will be.




PC Keith Palmer