LONDON: London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan used his new year message to praise those living in the city for rising to the challenge during an “extremely difficult” 2017. He said that the “incredible generosity” of Londoners and bravery of the emergency services had “shone through” and shown exactly why the capital is “the greatest city in the world”. Mr Khan said: “2017 has been an extremely difficult year for London.
A year marred by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire and appalling terrorist attacks. “But during these tough times the incredible generosity of Londoners and the bravery of our emergency services has shone through. “This has helped give a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future. A true test of character is how you respond in tough times. Londoners have more than met that challenge this year. “We’ve seen exactly why London is the greatest city in the world.”
London was hit by several terrorist incidents in 2017 including the March attack at Westminster which left five people including PC Keith Palmer dead and the June attack at London Bridge which killed eight. The Mayor was praised for his response to the terror attacks in 2017 by politicians across the globe after US President Donald Trump sparked a row when he criticised Mr Khan for saying “there is no reason to be alarmed” at the sight of extra armed police officers on the streets. Prime MinisterTheresa May said Mr Khan was doing an “excellent job”, while USmayorssent a message of solidarity to him. The UK threat level for terrorism remains at severe meaning an attack is considered highly likely. Mr Khan added: “I’m looking forward to a bright 2018.