Following the tragic attack in Manchester on Monday 22nd May, I, made the following statement:
“On behalf of Islington Council and everyone in Islington, I send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of those killed and injured in Manchester last night.
“We send our support and friendship to the people of Greater Manchester as they pull together, helping one another as is the tradition of that great city.
“Events like this remind us of the importance of standing together, and not allowing cowardly acts of terrorism to dictate to us how we live our lives.”
The attack in Manchester was a savage act that aimed to kill children. In response to this horror we must stay strong. Strong in our response so that the people responsible are hunted down. But also strong in our values: we know that this evil will be ended more quickly if we stay united as a community and are steadfast in holding to core British values of tolerance, respect and community. We must use atrocities like this as a spur to build a more united community not tear ourselves apart.
Afterall, what terrorists want from attacks like this is to divide communities, increase hostility toward Muslims and disrupt our daily lives. To beat the hate mongers we must make sure the opposite happens.