Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn attend vigil for London Bridge attack victims

Clay Curtis
December 3, 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan attended a vigil in Guildhall Yard in the City of London on Monday morning (December 2) for the victims of last Friday's terror attack on London Bridge.

Mr Khan called for people to unite following the killings and work for a future "not defined by hatred but defined by hope, unity and love".

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, praised the actions of the Londoners who stepped in to stop the attackers saying "like many, I will never forget the bravery of ordinary Londoners and the emergency services who risked their own lives to save others".

All nine jihadists were members of an al-Qaeda-inspired cell which plotted to blow up the London Stock Exchange and kill Boris Johnson.

Despite being viewed as posing a danger to public security, Khan was released on parole in December 2018, and placed on the highest level of public protection. Like many British inmates, he was released after serving half that time.

"It's not lenient policies that are to blame, it's the destruction of the probation service that is supposed to monitor and supervise prisoners after release, & rehabilitation services", he said on Twitter.

Usman Khan was wearing an electronic tag as he went on a stabbing rampage at the conference venue. Both were recent graduates who dedicated their lives to justice, education and prison reform.

"Everybody, right-minded people, want to see people like Usman Khan locked up and kept away from broader society, but to do that you have got to have the prison places, you have got to have the capacity to make the right decisions". It leaves Mohammed Moksudur Choudhury, who The Daily Telegraph reports is still in prison.

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"There are unquestionably some cases which are just too tough to crack and alas he appears to have been one of them", he said during a campaign visit to Southampton on England's south coast. As of yet, the number of those being reviewed is said to be around 70.

"This disaster is one that was created in the Treasury", Acheson told the BBC.

Meanwhile, hospital officials said one of the injured had returned home, while the two others remained hospitalised in a stable condition. The third was discharged over the weekend. The Metropolitan Police said several people were injured and a man was held after a stabbing near London Bridge in the centre of the British capital.

Responding to the political furore around the attack, Merritt's father David said: "We don't need knee-jerk reactions".

"We know Jack would not want this bad, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary", they said in a statement.

As part of that review, a 34-year-old man was arrested Saturday in Stoke-on-Trent, central England, on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts.

"There are enormous questions to be learned from this bad event that happened last week and that is: What happened in the prison with this particular individual, what assessment was made of his psychological condition before he was released, and also what supervision and monitoring he was under after coming out?" said Corbyn.

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