MK’s MEP relieved that staff are safe after Brussels terror attacks

Anneliese Dodds MEP and her son Freddie
Anneliese Dodds MEP and her son Freddie

Staff working for Milton Keynes’ MEP Anneliese Dodds are currently inside the European Parliament building - just a few hundred yards away from this morning’s explosions in Brussels Metro station.

Ms Dodds was due to be in Belgium for meetings today, but is working remotely after having a baby six weeks ago.

She told the Citizen she was saddened at the news that at least 26 people have been killed from terrorist attacks in Zaventem Airport and Maalbeek metro station.

Ms Dodds, Labour MEP for the South East of England, said: “People are being encouraged not to move out of the building so three of my staff are in the EU building.

“They want to keep on working because we can’t let terrorists stop us carrying on with our lives.

“However I am incredibly saddened by the news, especially as I felt things were starting to get back to normal after the arrest of the mastermind behind the attacks.

“We have to bare in mind that only a small minority of people have caused this horrendous activity.”

The Prime Minister will chair an emergency meeting this morning as security is stepped up at the UK’s main airports.

Catherine Bearder Lib Dem MEP for the South East said: “My team and I are safe but feeling shaken after the horrific events in Brussels this morning.

“My heart goes out to all the victims of these cowardly attacks and their loved ones, as well as all those who rushed to help them.

“In these difficult times, the UK must stand in solidarity with Belgium and offer any assistance we can.”