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#BeMoreLikeJulie: Ilford resident explains why she travelled to Finsbury Park

PUBLISHED: 15:15 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:28 26 June 2017

Julie Simpson (credit: Rosaleen Fenton)

Julie Simpson (credit: Rosaleen Fenton)

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At a Redbridge Council meeting last week, the Recorder ran into a very special woman.

Ilford resident Julie Simpson went viral after she travelled to Finsbury Park on her mobility scooter to pay her sorrows after the tragic terror attack.

In the video, speaking to the imam of the mosque Mohammed Mahmoud, Julie stressed that there is more that unites us than divides us.

Ms Simpson, who said she “had to do it” told the Recorder that she was shocked by her online fame.

At Redbridge Town Hall, where she was attending a meeting to air her concerns over the declining number of GPs in the borough, councillors were thrilled to spot Ms Simpson in the gallery.

But when Cllr Mark Santos, cabinet member for health and social care, tried to lead the congratulations to her, Ms Simpson chastised him for not sticking to the topic.

Speaking to the Recorder, she said she had been in floods of tears after waking up to see the terror attack on the TV.

She said: “I had to do something.

“In the Quran and in the Bible, it says love your brother like you would love yourself.

“Now, I don’t get on with my brother, but the point still stands - would you do that to your brother?

“No. You wouldn’t. It made me sick when I saw it.”

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