Westminster Terror Incident – Sadiq Khan interview

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has been giving interviews this morning regarding the terror attack. Here are some of the key points he made:

  • He said police in London was constantly evolving to combat each new threat as it emerges.
  • He also struck a defiant tone, saying that we must not let terrorists destroy our way of life. “We must never accept terrorists being successful. We must never accept that terrorists can destroy our life or destroy the way we lead our lives.”
  • He also reiterated what he said last night, when he urged Londoners to not be divided by this attack. “When you think about why terrorists want to attack London, it’s because they hate the fact that we don’t simply tolerate each other, whether you are a Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, member of an organised faith or not, we respect, embrace and celebrate each other. And that’s going to carry on.”
  • Khan refused to directly hit back at Donald Trump Jr, who used a tweet yesterday to criticise Khan for a comment he made last year about terror attacks being “part and parcel of living in a big city.” Trump’s comments have been strongly criticised.
  • When asked about the tweet Khan said “I’m not going to respond to tweets by Donald Trump. What I will say is this: the threat level in London and our country remains the same. It’s severe. That means, according to the experts, an attack is highly likely. The commissioner who just retired said last year that, as far as an attack was concerned, it was a matter of when, not if. Thankfully the police and security services practice for such incidents. One, I’m afraid, happened yesterday.”

 

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