Statement on the Manchester attack

The events in Manchester last night were tragic and heartbreaking. To target innocent people, innocent children, is an act of unspeakable evil.

My heart goes out to the victims, their family and their loved ones.

In last nights barbaric and cowardly attack we saw the very worst of humanity. In the response of the people of Manchester and our emergency services we have seen the very best.

It is up to all of us in the days and weeks ahead to ensure that we remain united as a country and as a community and that we do not allow fear to triumph over hope.

Those who seek to destroy our way of life, to weaken our resolve, to divide us from our friends and neighbours, will fail.

As a mark of respect to the victims and their families I will be suspending my re-election campaign until further notice.