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Last Updated: Friday, 15 July, 2005, 18:24 GMT 19:24 UK
Bomber was MP's Westminster guest
Jon Trickett MP
Jon Trickett met the bomber on a school trip last year
One of the London bombers visited the Houses of Parliament as a guest of an MP, the Labour Party has confirmed.

Mohammad Sidique Khan accompanied a school trip to parliament in July 2004 in his capacity as a learning mentor at Hill Side Primary School in Leeds.

The bomber, who was responsible for the Edgware Road blast, met Labour MP Jon Trickett, whose wife Sarah is the headteacher at Hill Side.

Mr Trickett said on Friday he found the revelations "profoundly disturbing".

Home visit

In a statement released by the Labour party, the MP for Hemsworth near Pontefract 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. Khan also 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.

It is profoundly disturbing to discover that a person, who appeared to care so deeply for the children at that time, should so callously take the lives of others only a year later
Jon Trickett MP

The Labour Party said 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.

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 the visit until the time it left the building, the Labour Party said.

Mr Trickett lived in the Beeston area of Leeds until he became an MP in 1996. He represented the area as a councillor on Leeds City Council between 1984 and 1996.

The Hemsworth MP added: "Many years after leaving the area, I met Mr Khan in July 2004 when he accompanied a school trip to London during which time they briefly visited Portcullis House for a sandwich and met with their local MP.

"It is profoundly disturbing to discover that a person, who appeared to care so deeply for the children at that time, should so callously take the lives of others only a year later."

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 Labour Party said.



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