This morning we have seen a sickening attempt to destroy those freedoms and to break those bonds of citizenship that define our United Kingdom. As I said here two weeks ago, there has been far too much tolerance of extremism in our country, over many years. And that means extremism of any kind, including Islamophobia.
Today's attack falls at a difficult time in the life of this city. Following on from the attack on London Bridge two weeks ago. And of course, the unimaginable tragedy of Grenfell Tower last week. But what we've seen throughout, whether in the heroism of the ordinary citizens who fought off the attackers at London Bridge.
The unbreakable resolve of the residents in Kensington, or this morning the spirit of the community that apprehended this attacker, is that this is an extraordinary city of extraordinary people.