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Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, in response to the Coroner’s Inquests into the London bombings of 7 July 2005, said: 

“This inquest has brought out both the heroism and tragedy of that terrible day. Moments of true bravery by the emergency services and members of the public will be remembered, so too every tragic loss of the 52 people killed, and the determination and courage of the more than 700 people injured. The dignity and fortitude of the families affected has been truly remarkable. 

“It is vitally important that the recommendations of Lady Justice Hallett are now taken forward by the Government and other agencies, who will need to consider studiously all the conclusions the inquest has reached. This has been an extremely thorough inquest with full cooperation from the police and our security services, building on the actions of both the previous Government and others. 

“Britain continues to face a real and serious threat from terrorism, and rightly we have been even more vigilant in recent days. Our emergency services have and will continue to work hard and show great determination in overcoming obstacles. The risk we face from an ideology intent on attacking free and democratic society has not gone away, which makes the lessons from the past even more important.” 

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