Finsbury Park terror attack: Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn receive very different reactions on mosque visit, video shows

One man is heard shouting: 'How come you were so quick today? Kensington you weren't so fast,' as Prime Minister emerges from centre

Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Tuesday 20 June 2017 09:45
Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have contrasting receptions at Finsbury Park mosque visits

Senior politicians have attended the scene of a terror attack targeting Muslims in London.

Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn visited the Finsbury Park Mosque to offer support to the community in the wake of the van rampage.

However, reactions to their visits differed widely, with the Prime Minister being heckled by onlookers who referenced her initial delay in visiting victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

One man was heard shouting: "How come you were so quick today? Kensington you weren't so fast," as the Prime Minister emerged from the centre.

Another shouted for her to "come out and talk to us" and protesters called out "May must go".

Labour leader Mr Corbyn, who is also the local MP for Islington North, was greeted with a warmer reception as he condemned the incident as "an attack on all of us."

As he walked inside the mosque he was applauded by members of the public, while two men shouted: “We love you, Corbyn” and “A man for the people”, prompting cheers.

He said he knew local Muslim leaders “extremely well” and that people were “scared” that another attack would take place.

At the scene of the incident, Mr Corbyn stood beside community and religious leaders, including Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque, in support of the Muslim community.

London mayor Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick also made their way to the site of the attack on Seven Sisters Road.

Commissioner Dick said: "This was quite clearly an attack on Muslims who looked like they were probably Muslims and they were coming from a prayer meeting. We treat this as a terrorist attack. Sadly we have suffered a number of attacks and very sad events over the last few weeks."

One man was pronounced dead at the scene of the attack, although he had collapsed before it occurred and police said they were "continuing to establish whether there is any link between his death and the attack".

Officials said 11 people were injured, including nine taken to hospital and two treated at the scene.