General election campaigning suspended after terror attack

23 May 17

Politicians have suspended campaigning in the UK general election following a terrorist attack in Manchester, which killed 22 people and injured 59.

Yesterday evening a suicide bomber is believed to have detonated an explosive device at the Manchester Arena as an Ariana Grande pop concert came to an end.

Speaking in Downing Street this morning the prime minister said: “It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack.

“An attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society, with cold calculation.”

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour party, also condemned the attack and after speaking with the prime minister agreed to suspend political campaigning until further notice.

He said: “I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and  been injured.

“Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.” Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader, was due to fly to Gibraltar as part of the general election campaign but cancelled the trip and suspended all campaigning because of the terrorist attack.

He said: “The country is united in grief after this devastating terror attack. “Just as the country is focusing all its thoughts on the victims and their families, so politicians should come together in solidarity and respect for the innocent people caught up in this vile attack.”

The Queen also issued a statement in response to the bombing.

"The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert," she said.

Adding: "I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.”

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