Sajid Javid has blasted the London terror attacker
The Communities Secretary said the murderer, Khalid Masood, had succeeded in launching "death and destruction" but added that the "barbaric act" highlighted the nation's unity.
Masood, 52, who killed four people in London's terror attack, was a Muslim convert and an ex-convict.
In a bid to distance the religion of Islam from the killer's actions, Mr Javid said the Muslim values he was brought up with are the same as Britain’s values.
The Tory also hailed Britons for their tolerant attitude which enables people to become a part of “one society”.
The politician told the Telegraph: "Like the vast majority of immigrants and the vast majority of Muslims, they [my parents] accepted that these rights and freedoms could only exist for them if they existed for everyone.
London Terror Attack: Politicians react Thu, March 23, 2017
Politicians from around the world have responded to the London terror attack which led to the death of 4 people and more than 40 injured
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At least four people have been killed including a policeman
“And, like the vast majority of immigrants and the vast majority of Muslims, they raised their children to believe that these values had to be defended.”
“That’s why my younger brother is proud to serve his country as a police officer. That’s why I’m proud to be a member of the cabinet.
“The Muslim values we were raised to believe in are the same British values supported by tens of millions of people in this country.”
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The 47-year-old MP commended the men and women who responded to the “act of hatred”, with “professionalism and compassion”.
The General Secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, Harun Khan, condemned the actions of Masood, and said: “This attack was cowardly and depraved. There is no justification for this act whatsoever. The best response to this outrage is to make sure we come together in solidarity and not allow the terrorists to divide us.
“I hope my Muslim brothers and sisters will reach out to fellow Londoners and Britons in solidarity to demonstrate that such hatred will not defeat our way of life.”