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Our thoughts with all those affected by the Manchester Bombing

I woke this morning to the news that there had been an explosion at the Manchester Arena. A venue I have been too in an area I know well just 40 miles away and I know people from Leeds North West were at the Arena last night, at a concert filled with children. 

Our thoughts are with all those there and their friends and families. We pay tribute to the people of Manchester and their emergency services who once again stepped up and supported those fleeing the attack. This attack was set out to divide us so we must remember Jo Cox's words "We have far more in common with each other than things that divide us."

Our campaign has been suspended and I will be attending a Vigil this evening at Leeds Art Gallery.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, 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 have spoken with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, who has fully briefed me on the operational response in the city.

 

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

“I have spoken with the Prime Minister and we have agreed that that all national campaigning in the general election will be suspended until further notice.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“On behalf of Leeds City Council and the city of Leeds I want to express our heartfelt sympathy and support for the people of Manchester. Manchester is a great Northern city with a rich heritage where people of all cultures and creeds live together successfully - values Leeds holds in common.

“The deliberate targeting of children, young people and concert goers in this way is beyond comprehension. I know many people from Leeds will have family and friends who were in Manchester last night and I would urge them to use the contact number provided by Greater Manchester Police if they are still concerned about their loved ones.

“As a council and a city, Leeds stands ready to provide whatever support we can to Manchester at this unbearably difficult time. We will be opening a book of condolence and holding a minute’s silence across Leeds.

“Leeds is a resilient, welcoming city where understanding and compassion go hand in hand and to see such an attack so close to home will be concerning to all. We will continue to work with our friends and partners in communities across the city to remain focused on how our similarities can strengthen us and bring us together rather than letting our differences divide and weaken us.”

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