Bermondsey and Old Southwark Conservatives send their love and thoughts to the families who have lost loved ones and to so many others injured in the terrible attacks in our constituency.
We also know that many people were affected indirectly by the horrendous terror penetrating our peaceful and diverse community. It was heartwarming to see so many rushing to help others with offers of shelter, support and comfort. It reminds me that it is often in the worst of times that we witness even more of the best of this community.
We cannot and should not stop praising the brilliance of our emergency services. Their job all too often is to run towards danger, to think of others and not themselves, and to look after us under extreme pressure. This is exactly what they did during the terrible events of Saturday night and what they continue to do day in and day out to keep us all safe. Their fast response times plus a superb flow of information from the Metropolitan police throughout that night will have saved lives. Our hospitals are still working extremely hard looking after the victims.
We immediately suspended our local campaign and the Conservative party suspended the national campaign. Together with so many others in this community I and my friend Dolly Theis attended the London Bridge area to pay respects to the victims and the emergency services during Sunday. It was both upsetting and also deeply moving to see the community and London pulling together in the face of an attack designed to tear us apart.
There is simply no justification for these appalling, wretched crimes. The Prime Minister, Theresa May, said today that change is needed and explained four key areas of focus. We have also heard the Mayor of London and Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, speak with similar determination and clarity about how they will protect our city. We welcome the continued focus on stamping out terror from our society. And we fully support all endeavours to keep the people of BOS, London and the UK safe.
The General Election will go ahead. Democracy will continue. Hate will not win and nor will it undermine the values we hold dear. Bermondsey and Old Southwark and London generally will come together to have more fun Saturday nights. But we will remember all of those who have lost their lives and work to stop it happening again.
Finally, please see the following website offering advice and support for anyone impacted by the events of Saturday evening.
Conservative candidate for the General Election on 8th June 2017