5 DECEMBER 2017
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Nothing is more important to me than keeping Londoners safe, but sadly this year there have been five sickening and barbaric terrorist attacks on innocent people in London and Manchester.
“I have spoken to and been briefed by the Home Secretary on the findings in today’s report and I am determined that out of this year’s tragic attacks we do all we can to learn any lessons and focus on the prevention of any future incidents.
“When I was first elected Mayor, one of my first acts was to establish a review into how well London was prepared to deal with a terrorist attack – many of the recommendations in that report by Lord Toby Harris have been put in place.
“But with £600million cut from the Met Police over recent years, another £400million in savings to be found up to 2021, and funding for counter terror policing being cut by more than seven per cent in real terms over the next three years, the Government must urgently agree to real terms increases in police funding over the coming years if we are to maintain officer numbers and keep the public safe.
“I know our police and security services are working tirelessly to keep us safe. But we can never be complacent. There has been a shift in efforts by terrorists to harm us. We all need to be constantly vigilant and as prepared as possible.”