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OPINION: Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales supports borough's solidarity after terror attack

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 March 2017

Newham Cll PR

The events in Westminster on Wednesday left us all shocked and deeply saddened.

The thoughts of everyone associated with Newham Council continue to be with the families and friends of those killed and injured.

The tragedy of the situation hit us at the council in particular when we learned that Pc Keith Palmer, the brave officer who was stabbed to death outside the Palace of Westminster, was the husband of a member of our staff.

We extend our deepest sympathy and condolence to Keith’s widow Michelle and her family and her friends at this extremely difficult time. We have offered our full support to her and her work colleagues as they come to terms with the news.

The attack a week ago today was an attack on innocent people, on our capital city and on democracy itself. Our message – and our response – is a simple yet powerful one of resilience, solidarity and defiance. Terrorists must never – and will never – be allowed to win.

We all need to send a loud and clear message that Newham and the whole of London remains open. For that reason all of our planned council activities last week went ahead as normal. Councillors and council officers observed a period of silence across our buildings and the flags at the Old Town Hall in Stratford were lowered.

It is paramount that as a community we must all stand together to condemn the appalling actions last week of the individual who claimed the lives of innocent people of different nationalities and faiths.

This borough is a place of many beliefs and cultures and we must continue to celebrate our togetherness. We stand united and will not allow the actions of terror to divide us. We will not tolerate attacks on any individuals, institutions or communities.

We must continue to build and sustain our strength and unity. More from Sir Robin

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