Manchester attack: Reaction from Berwick candidates

Thousands of people attended a vigil at Manchester's Albert Square, honouring the victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.
Thousands of people attended a vigil at Manchester's Albert Square, honouring the victims of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.

The four candidates standing in the Berwick constituency at the General Election have reacted to the terrorist attack in Manchester.

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured when a suicide bomber struck at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Labour’s Scott Dickinson said: “I am shocked, saddened and appalled with the Manchester attack. Innocent young people enjoying their lives being targeted, injured and killed.

“Memories for those who survived will be with them for the rest of their lives. We need to take swift, bold actions to ensure the safety of residents across the UK and that those perpetrators are brought to justice.

“We must now unite, as we do best in the UK, against the minority who bring terror on our citizens and show a united front for peace and safety across our nation.”

Lib Dem Julie Pörksen said: “My thoughts are with all of the families in grief, shock and pain – after what was just supposed to be an enjoyable evening out for many young people. I am grateful to both the emergency services and the local community for their amazing care and support for everyone involved.

“The selfless response from across Manchester’s diverse community keeps our faith in humanity despite individual acts of evil.

“We should not play on the fear generated by such acts, as we all have so much to lose if we let these individuals undermine our trust in each other as human beings.

“Let us ensure that everyone traumatised by this event gets the support they need in the days and months ahead.”

Thomas Stewart, the Green Party candidate, said: “The attack in Manchester is an appalling event and is a catastrophe for the families of those killed, injured, and directly affected. Our thoughts will remain with them.

“This terrorist action was an attempt to divide our society and to divide our communities.

“The only possible response is one of solidarity and unity across the whole country and across all faith groups.

“Northumberland has always been welcoming, tolerant, understanding and open, and will remain so; we are united in our diversity and we share a desire for peace.”

Conservative candidate, Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “We are all shocked and appalled by events on Monday evening in Manchester.

“Any act of terrorism is abhorrent, but to target innocent children and young people, enjoying the freedoms we hold dear, is especially heinous. I know we all held our loved ones a little closer on Monday night and prayed for those unable to do likewise.

“Manchester and our nation will not be broken by this attack. We do not cower in the face of such cowardice.

“The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has raised the threat level to critical meaning another attack could happen at any time, so we must all remain vigilant and teach our children to be vigilant so we can continue to lead normal lives in a democratic country which remains a beacon of democracy and freedom for all to live peacefully side by side.”