Terrorists will never win

Senior Conservatives have condemned the terrorist attacks on London, expressed deep sympathy for the victims of the bombings, and declared that the nation will not be cowed by the atrocities.


Declaring the nation united and standing firm in its resolve to face down terrorism, Party Leader Michael Howard issued a statement which declared: "We express our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those who have lost lives and those who have been injured. We express our thanks and admiration for the heroic work of the emergency services and we fully support the Prime Minister in what he has said about our determination to defend and to protect our way of life."

And in the Commons, Shadow Home Secretary David Davis also condemned the attacks as "acts of almost unspeakable depravity and wickedness", and insisted that the British nation would not give in to terrorism.

Speaking after Home Secretary Charles Clarke made a brief statement to MPs following the bombings on the Tube network and at least one bus in the capital, Mr Davis said: "A prime aim of terrorists is to demoralise and divide our communities. It is right that we should be angry at today's atrocities. It is no less essential that we remain clear-headed and united. We say to the terrorists: you will not succeed in setting us against one another."

He declared: "Britain has long experience of terrorism. We have joined together to fight it in the past. Now, we do so again. For now, the terrorism that walks the streets of London has no face. But whatever its origin, whatever its motive, our response is the same: the British people will not be cowed and the terrorists will not win."

Mr Davis joined Mr Clarke in expressing sympathy for the victims of the atrocities. "Let me say at once that the thoughts and prayers of this side of the House are with all those who were killed or injured earlier today - and with their families and friends."

And he paid tribute to the police, ambulance and fire service personnel as they deal with the emergency. "Their response to events such as this is invariably heroic. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts."

Mr Davis said: "This morning's explosions were acts of almost unspeakable depravity and wickedness - planned with the deliberate intention of taking innocent life. The whole House condemns them utterly. This is not just an attack on our capital city, but on our country as a whole. It goes without saying that the Government will have our full support in dealing with this assault upon our society. We stand ready with them to play our part."

He also welcomed Tony Blair's assurance that the important work of the G8 meeting in Scotland would go on and would not be disrupted by the terrible events in London.


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