LONDON: Londoners will never be cowed by terrorism. We stand together in the face of those who seek to harm us and destroy our way of life. We always have, and we always will. What we saw yesterday – striking at the heart of London and the heart of our democracy – was a cowardly and indiscriminate attack on innocent people going about their daily lives. It took no account of age, gender, sexuality, nationality or religion. My thoughts today – and those of millions of people around the world – are with everyone affected by this tragedy. My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones and those who have suffered life-changing injuries. This was not only an attack on our city and our country but on the values we cherish most: democracy, freedom, justice and tolerance. These are the same values that those who attack us hate so much. And the best way we can honour those who have tragically lost their lives is to ensure that we always uphold and cherish these values.
On behalf of all Londoners I want to express my deepest gratitude to the police and emergency services for the way they have responded over the past 24 hours. They work incredibly hard, around the clock, to keep us safe and have once again shown tremendous bravery in the face of adversity. While our emergency services regularly and meticulously prepare in case of attacks, we all hope they’ll never have to put in to action what they’ve practised. Yesterday they did — and in doing so they showed their true colours. In the words of the Prime Minister, they ran towards danger, all the time encouraging others to run towards safety. All Londoners are immensely grateful for their efforts yesterday. Our police and security services are the best in the world and work tirelessly to protect us.