Manchester Blasts: British PM Theresa May Suspends Poll Campaigning


London: British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the Manchester double blasts that claimed 19 lives. She suspended all campaigning activities ahead of the impending UK elections.

May paid tribute to the victims and their families.

In a statement she said, “We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack.”

May’s Conservatives will suspend campaigning for a national election on June 8 after the attack. Sky News said, “A Tory (Conservative) source speaking to the Press Association (news agency) said that the Prime Minister’s general election campaign was being suspended.”

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The Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee on Tuesday but confirmed that all campaigning ahead of the 8 June vote was being postponed.  The pause in Ms May’s campaign was confirmed by the Conservative Party.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “My thoughts are with all those affected by this barbaric act.

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has cancelled a planned campaign visit to Gibraltar after 19 people were confirmed dead following the blast. He said: “This is a shocking and horrific attack targeting children and young people who were simply enjoying a concert.

The explosion took place at Manchester Arena where American pop singer Ariana Grande was performing.  According to a statement released by the Greater Manchester Police, the incident is currently being treated as a ‘terrorist incident’.