``This is a terrible and tragic atrocity that has cost many innocent lives.

``I have just attended a meeting of the Government?s emergency committee. I received a full report from the ministers and officials responsible.

``There will be an announcement made in respect of the various services, in particular we hope the Underground as far as is possible and rail and bus services are up and running as soon as possible.

``I would like again to express my profound condolences to the families of the victims and to those who are casualties of this terrorist act.

``I would also like to thank the emergency services that have been magnificent today in every respect.

``There, of course, will now be the most intense police and security service action to make sure we bring those responsible to justice.

``I would also pay tribute to the stoicism and resilience of the people of London who have responded in a way typical of them.

``In addition, I welcome the statement put out by the Muslim Council who know that those people acted in the name of Islam but who also know that the vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims, here and abroad, are decent and law-abiding people who abhor this act of terrorism every bit as much as we do.

``It?s through terrorism that the people that have committed this terrible act express their values and it?s right at this moment that we demonstrate ours.

``I think we all know what they are trying to do, they are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cow us, to frighten us out of doing the things we want to do, of trying to stop us going about our business as normal as we are entitled to do and they should not and must not succeed.

``When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated, when they seek to change our country, our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed.

``When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve, we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm.

``We will show by our spirit and dignity and by a quiet and true strength that there is in the British people, that our values will long outlast theirs.

``The purpose of terrorism is just that, it is to terrorise people and we will not be terrorised.

``I would like once again to express my sympathy and sorrow for those families that will be grieving so unexpectedly and tragically tonight.

``This is a very sad day for the British people but we will hold true to the British way of life.??

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