Mohammed Iqbal Says 7/7 Made Leeds Stronger

July 2, 2006

Source: BBC News

On July 2, 2006 BBC News reported, "The first Asian Lord Mayor of Leeds said the city had moved on and grown stronger since the 7 July atrocity. Mohammed Iqbal is to represent the council at a symbolic tree planting ceremony organised by residents in Cross Flatts Park in Beeston on Friday. The area is close to where three of the London bombers had connections.

Mr Iqbal said: 'The city has moved on. The people are very supportive of each other. People were shocked but everybody stood by each other.'

He went on: 'The community has reflected on what happened. The city was shaken and felt the pain of the victims.'

He said despite the negative media publicity, the city had stood firm and remained united during the past year.

'It has moved on in a positive way. The city has become stronger and more united. The community is strong,' he said.

'It is heartening to see how different groups have stood by each other.'"