Leeds ,
23
March
2017
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15:16
Europe/London

Statement from Leeds City Council Leader re Westminster attacks

Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall will be lit up red, white and blue tonight as a mark of respect to those affected by the Westminster attack as civic leaders express their condolences with the people of London.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“On behalf of Leeds City Council and the city of Leeds I want to express our heartfelt support for and solidarity with the people of London in the wake of this despicable attack. London is an incredible city where people of all creeds and cultures co-exist successfully in cohesive communities- values we share here in Leeds.

“We are writing to the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to demonstrate the strength of our support. We have opened a book of condolence and holding a minute’s silence before the start of our full council meeting next week. Leeds is a resilient, welcoming city where understanding and compassion go hand in hand and we are continuing to work with our friends and partners in communities across the city to ensure it remains that way.”

Notes to editors: Tonight Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall will be lit up red, white and blue to honour those affected.

The Union Flag has been flying at half-mast at Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall since yesterday as a mark of respect to those affected by the London attack. Other civic buildings across Leeds have joined today in also flying the flag at half-mast. The council observed this morning’s national minute’s silence marking the attack.