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General election: Campaigning suspended due to terror attack in Manchester

23rd May 17 1:18 pm

This is what was said

The prime minister, Theresa May spoke with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after Monday night’s terror attack that killed 22 children and teenagers and agreed to postpone campaigning.

A statement released by Downing street in the early hours said: “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.

“All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.”

Corbyn 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.

“I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in dealing with last night’s appalling events.”

May attended a Cobra meeting in Whitehall Tuesday morning and is now on her way to Manchester.

Tim Farron the Liberal Democratic leader cancelled his trip to Gibraltar and 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.”

Scotland’s first minister, Nicola Sturgeon said: “My thoughts are with the victims, their families and all those who have been affected by this barbaric attack in Manchester.

“The Scottish Government is working with Police Scotland and the UK Government to ensure that we have a full understanding of the developing situation.”


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