I am deeply saddened by the events in Manchester on Monday night, in which 22 people lost their lives. This was a depraved and cowardly attack on innocent people, many of them very young, who were enjoying what would have been one of the most memorable nights of their lives.
The general election campaign has been suspended until further notice. The Prime Minister has also announced that the Terror Threat Level has been raised from 'Severe' to 'Critical' meaning another attack could be imminent. At this crucial time we must allow the security services and the police to carry out their work to keep us all safe.