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West Berkshire stands with Manchester

Newbury candidates suspend campaigning in wake of last night's attack

John Herring

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West Berkshire stands with Manchester

West Berkshire has expressed its grief and support following last night's attack in Manchester. 

The attack killed 22 people, some of them children, and injured at least 59 others who were attending an Ariana Grande pop concert at the Manchester Arena.

The attack is said to have been carried out by a lone suicide bomber with links to the so called Islamic State.

Political parties have suspended their election campaigns in Newbury in a show of solidarity with the victims.

Agent for Newbury's Apolitical group, Charlie Farrow, said: "We send our children to concerts as little rites of passage, with warnings about sticking together and where we will pick them up afterwards. But we always expect to pick them up afterwards.

"I thank all the Gods that my children have always come home safely but my heart bleeds for the parents whose children have not come home.

"It's only right that political campaigning is suspended out of respect for those who died or lost loved ones in the awful atrocity in Manchester. Petty party politics pales into insignificance in the face of tragic loss of life." 

Liberal Democrat candidate Judith Bunting tweeted the following

Conservative Richard Benyon said 

Labour candidate Alex Skirvin said

The Newbury Green Party issued the following statement: "We in common with other parties have suspended all election activity until further notice.

"West Berkshire Green Party has expressed its sadness at the shocking events in Manchester and our thoughts go out to all those affected."

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