My heart is broken hearing the news of the absolutely horrific terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.
I am sending all my thoughts and prayers to the victims, who were simply living their lives and worshipping in peace. I am also thinking of their families, friends, and the communities affected at this tragic time.
As a Commonwealth Realm and close ally, I know that the United Kingdom will stand with New Zealand and will be there to assist with any help they may need.
Peace be upon you all.
First, I would like to express my sympathies to the families and friends of those who were killed in the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand. The freedom to practice religion safely and freely is something that everyone around the world should be free to exercise. I was shocked and disgusted at the attack and we must all stand together across borders to stamp out terrorism and extremism of any kind. My thoughts and prayers are with victims.
Recently it has been bought to my attention that a member of the Morley and Outwood Conservative association made an inappropriate, uncouth and sick joke soon after the horrific Christchurch terrorist attack on social media. This incident was reported to Conservative Headquarters and the person in question has been suspended from the party.
I strongly condemn the comments made and I support the news that Conservative Party has taken swift action to discipline the individual in question. I hope that the Conservative Party will continue to be vigilant over any report of Islamophobia, antisemitism, racism and intolerance and that any prejudiced comment or action will be dealt with appropriately.
Following the horrific events in New Zealand last week, I recognise the concerns faced by religious minorities. As a result of this attack I would encourage all local community groups to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police by calling 999 in an emergency, or in a non-emergency calling 101, or through True Vision (www.report-it.org.uk).