Ken Livingstone's 7/7 Speech Is Particularly Poignant Right Now

14 November 2015, 18:50

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Ken Livingstone’s speech after the 7/7 bombing is as powerful 12 years on as it was on the day in 2005.

In a defining the moment of his career as London Mayor, he delivered a clear message to terrorists.

“I know that you personally don’t fear giving your own life so you can take others, that’s why you are so dangerous. “

“But I know what you do fear is that that you will fail in your long term objective to destroy our free society.”

“And I can show you why you will fail in days that follow. You will see. Look at our airports look at our railway stations look at our seaports and even after your cowardly attack you will see people from Britain, people from around the world, will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.”  

“They chose to come to London like so many have come before, because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be themselves.”

“They flee you because you tell them how they should live. And nothing you do, no matter how many you kill will stop that flight, to our cities were freedom reigns.”

Watch as Ken breaks down as he hears the rousing speech ten years later.

7/7: Ken Livingstone Listens Back To His 2005 Speech

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in 2005, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone gave a memorable and moving speech. Here is the emotional moment when he listens back to it in the LBC studio

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