Sir Simon Hughes, former Minister for Justice and Liberal Democrat Candidate for Bermondsey & Old Southwark, responded to last night’s atrocities in London Bridge and Borough Market:
Along with all other local residents and visitors, I am angry and sickened by this attack on our wonderful communities here in London Bridge and Borough.
I condemn these evil acts without reservation. Last night has made us even more aware of the bravery, commitment and dedication of our emergency services.
Last night will make us even more determined to look after each other.
Millions will pray today for those killed or injured, for their families and their friends.
In the near future, we will again need to review national, London and local policies and practice to minimise risk and maximise the chance of preventing future attacks.
For today, we must all help in whatever way we can. If anyone has any information, photos or videos of the attack, please contact the police as soon as possible.
My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I immediately suspended all public campaigning in Bermondsey and Old Southwark throughout today.
Democratic activity must not be derailed further this week – as that would be exactly the sort of result wanted by those who value neither democracy nor human life.
It is at moments when we have been under greatest attack that London and Londoners have shown their greatest strength.
I have no doubt that we will show our strength and resilience again in the hours and days ahead after the mass murder on Saturday night in the centre of our great city.