Why terror can’t defeat us

May I join so many others in expressing my sympathies to all those affected by the dreadful bombing in Manchester on Monday.

I, like everybody else, am so saddened by these events. The loss of so many young lives and all their hopes and dreams is truly devastating.

May they all rest in peace.

Thankyou so much for the hard work and skill of all in the police and the emergency services who have responded to the events. NHS staff will continue to work tirelessly to save the lives of those affected and help them recover I’m sure.

And thankyou to all those who joined us for the Cambridge vigil yesterday morning to show your solidarity. I am proud so many turned out to show their support.

Bombers and terrorists seek to incite more hatred, this is all they understand. They don’t understand love, forgiveness and compassion, all values we cherish. We have to respond to events such as these bravely, not by giving in to hatred and division. Our response so far shows the best of our country.

We have faced down terror before and we will do so again.

Out of respect for those who have lost their lives we have suspended campaigning for the election for the moment.

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