Bomber was MP’s guest in Houses of Parliament

ONE of the London bombers visited the Houses of Parliament last year as a guest of a MP, Britain’s Labour Party confirmed last night.

Mohammad Sidique Khan visited the British parliament in July 2004 in his capacity as a learning mentor at Hillside Primary School in Leeds.

The bomber, who was responsible for the Edgware Road blast, met Labour MP Jon Trickett. Mr Trickett, whose wife Sarah is headteacher at Hillside, spoke yesterday of his shock.

He said: “I was shocked to learn that someone who had grown up in the area of Beeston where I lived and which I represented on Leeds City Council for 12 years should turn out to be one of the London bombers.”

It was confirmed that Mr Trickett’s son was in the same school year group as Khan 17 years ago.

It was also confirmed that Khan visited Mr Trickett and his wife at their home.

In July last year, the MP’s wife took a number of her schoolchildren on a trip to London and Khan accompanied the party as a member of school staff.

During the visit, Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn joined the group in Portcullis House to talk about his role as their local MP and answered the children’s questions.

They then met Mr Trickett who accompanied the group on the rest of their visit around the Palace of Westminster.

The whole group was fully screened by the House of Commons Security system on entry into Portcullis House, and was accompanied at all times throughout their visit until the time they left the building, the Labour Party said.

Mr Trickett lived in the Beeston area of Leeds until he became an MP in 1996.

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