Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, today attended the laying of a wreath for peace in Woolwich in the wake of the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby. The march, which was attended by Sadiq Khan MP, Nick Raynsford MP and prominent faith leaders, was organised by British Future, a recently established independent, non-partisan think tank on issues surrounding identity, integration, migration and opportunity.
The event began at Greenwich Islamic Centre in Plumstead where, at the invite of Imam Tariq Abbasi and Bishop Michael Ipgrave, people of all faiths shared a light tea before moving on to Woolwich barracks to lay a wreath spelling out the word ‘peace’.
Speaking afterwards, Stephen said: “The murder of Drummer Lee Rigby was a tragedy and rightly shocked our nation. The actions of the murderers have no justification – in any religion or politics – and their attempts to divide this country will fail. I was here today to help show the real Woolwich – a diverse but united community of people from all faiths and backgrounds and to highlight that the proper response to this tragic incident is one of peace and understanding not revenge. I welcome the efforts of British Future in bringing a healthy, honest conversation about issues of identity and integration to the foreground. My thoughts remain firmly with the family of Drummer Rigby. Their response to the tragedy has been courageous and wise.”