Select Committee on Home Affairs Written Evidence

7. Memorandum submitted by Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London

  I would like to add my support to the Swaminarayan Hindu Temple in Neasden. The allegation, that the Temple is linked to terrorism, as presented to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on 16 November 2004, is completely without foundation.

  My office has checked with the Metropolitan Police Service to ascertain whether there was any evidence to the very serious allegation. The police clearly stated that such an allegation is without foundation.

  I am dismayed that such an allegation has been made in the House, which has naturally caused distress to the Temple and the wider Hindu community in London.

  I will continue to support the Temple as the largest centre of the Hindu community in London.

  The Hindu community is a peaceful law abiding community, which has a track record that needs commending and supporting. I would like to make it clear to all Londoners the Temple and the Hindu community of London has my continued support.

12 January 2005

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