One of the London bombers visited the Houses of Parliament as a guest of an MP, the British Labour Party confirmed tonight.
Mohammad Sidique Khan visited 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 today 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 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.
The school group visited a number of attractions including the London Eye and St James’s Park.
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.
As soon as Mr Trickett realised this man was one of the London bombers he informed the Chief Superintendent in charge of Commons security, the British Labour Party said.