Theresa May is chairing a meeting of Cobra, the government’s emergency committee, to discuss the Manchester attack this morning. It is due to start at 9 AM.
The explosion which happened at an Ariana Grande concert killed 22 and injured 50 people.
The Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has joined political leaders in suspending all general election campaigning, with the Scottish National party canceling the launch this morning of its election manifesto.
Dugdale issued a statement on the Manchester attack to say:
“This is a barbaric and sickening attack, targeted at young and vulnerable people enjoying a night at a concert. It is a heartbreaking moment for our country, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and with those who are injured.
Across the UK we are today grieving for the people of Manchester. I pay tribute to the dedication of the brave emergency service workers who ran into danger.
“We have all been moved by the actions of ordinary people who opened their doors, cared for scared youngsters, provided transport to concert-goers, and are giving blood at donor banks to help those injured. This great city is today demonstrating to the world the true spirit of Manchester.”
The Greens have confirmed that they are also suspending all election activities, among them the planned manifesto launch by the Welsh Greens. The party’s co-leader, Jonathan Bartley, said:
“Our thoughts are with those affected by this appalling incident in Manchester. For young people to be targeted in this way is utterly atrocious.As ever our emergency services have done us proud – and we pay tribute to the police, firefighters, and paramedics who stepped up in this time of need. Our country will never be divided by terror.”
Aftermath of Manchester – Security reviewed in London
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Ariana Grande says she has no words about the incident:
from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) May 23, 2017
Phone footage captures the chaos inside Manchester Arena as ‘bomb’ explodes – video
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