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London mayor praises city's response to bombings

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TONY JONES: London's mayor Ken Livingstone was in Singapore when the attacks happened. He's on his
way back to London. He's condemned the attacks saying he has no doubt the explosions were the work
of terrorists.

KEN LIVINGSTONE, MAYOR OF LONDON: Our thoughts are with those Londoners who have been injured. Our
thoughts and the efforts of the administration at City Hall will be to care for them and to care
for those who have lost loved ones. And there has been loss of life. I want to thank the Emergency
Services for the way they've responded.

Following the al-Qaeda attacks on September 11 in America, we conducted a series of exercises in
London in order to be prepared for just such an attack. One of those exercises which was done by
the government, my office and the emergency and security services was based on the possibility of
multiple explosions on the transport system during rush hour.

So the plan that followed from that exercise is being executed today and with remarkable efficiency
and courage. I praise those staff who are doing that. I'd like to thank Londoners for the calm way
they have responded to this cowardly attack and echo the advice of Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner
for Police, do not travel, take the advice of police. Stay at home, wait if you are not at home,
until you hear over the radio or television the advice of the police about how you will proceed to
get home later today.

I have no doubt whatsoever that this is a terrorist attack, as has been claimed. We did hope in the
first few minutes after hearing the events on the underground that it might simply have been a
maintenance tragedy. That has not been the case. I have been able to stay in touch through the
excellent communications that have been established for the eventuality that I might be out of the
city at the time of the attack and they have worked with remarkable effectiveness and I will
continue to be in touch until I board the plane that takes me back to London in the next few hours.

I want to say one thing, specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against
the mighty and the powerful, it was not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at
ordinary working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and
old, indiscriminate attempt to slaughter irrespective of any considerations for age, religion,
whatever. That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith. It is just indiscriminate
attempt at mass murder.

TONY JONES: That was Ken Livingstone, the Lord Mayor of London just before he left to go back to
London from Singapore.