Security incident in Westminster

Fri, 24/03/2017

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Following the the tragic attack on Westminster, the Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Nickie Aiken, gave the following message:

Following the tragic attack on the democratic heart of our nation, I want to echo the words of both the Prime Minister and Acting Deputy Commissioner Rowley, that the City of Westminster will not be cowed by fear and terror. It is vital that we, as the leaders of our community here in Westminster, are as one in our resolve that this will not divide our community, and ensure that life goes on as normal here in the heart of our great capital city.

We have long been rightly proud of the diversity of our city. The greatest possible response to those that seek to divide us is instead to strengthen our bonds of unity. We must stand together, united by what we have in common, not what separates us and respond in a calm and proportionate manner.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Rowley has already made clear that the community police presence will be increased. I welcome this as a precautionary measure and to provide reassure to our community. But it is equally important that we all continue to play our part in protecting the unity of our community, through fostering better relations and understanding between different elements of our diverse community.

Last year I announced Westminster City Council’s Community Cohesion Commission, which will inform the creation of our action plan to improve community cohesion in Westminster. We will also later this year be holding the inaugural My Westminster Day, where people from different backgrounds within our community can come together and celebrate the diversity and what unites us. After this week’s sad events, initiatives such as these take on even greater significance.

I encourage you to show your support for unity and diversity in Westminster by sending messages under the #WeStandTogether. When faced with terror and discord, together we can show the value of diversity and that our values will prevail.

Last updated: 27 March 2017
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