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Campaigning suspended after Manchester Arena Attack

Campaigning suspended after Manchester Arena Attack

🕔23.May 2017

Campaigning in the General Election has been suspended following the Manchester Arena attack late last night.

Political leaders have declared they will not carry out campaign activities until further notice.

22 people were killed and 59 injured following a suspected suicide bomb at Manchester Arena as the audience left an Ariana Grande concert at the venue. The Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, confirmed that children are among those who died at the scene.

The explosion happened at 10.33 last night. A large area continues to be cordoned off around the site of the terrorist incident.

A meeting of the Government’s COBRa emergency committee will take place at around 9.00am this morning. It is anticipated that the Prime Minister will then go to Manchester, possibly accompanied by the Home Secretary.

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, commented a few minutes ago:

The Leader of Birmingham city council, Cllr John Clancy, tweeted late last night:

The West Midlands Chief Constable, Dave Thompson, tweeted:

Chamberlain Files will also suspend coverage of the election. We will hold over two planned posts on the General Election.

The terrorist incident took place at the end of a significant day in the election campaign where Conservative party leader Theresa May had to clarify the party’s social care policy.

The Annual General Meeting of Birmingham city council is expected to go ahead later this afternoon.

Our thoughts are with the families of those who died in Manchester and all those injured and caught up in the horrendous attack. We also have in mind all those working on the investigation and those who are supporting people affected, including public servants in the police, hospitals and ambulance service as well as Manchester City Council.

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