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Bexley reacts to 'horrendous' terror attack at Manchester Ariana Grande concert

PUBLISHED: 10:50 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:49 23 May 2017

Credit: PA Wire

Credit: PA Wire

22 people have died, and a further 59 were injured by the blast

Bexley representatives have paid tribute to the 22 adults, teenagers, and children who were killed in a terror attack at a Manchester concert last night.

Campaigning has been suspended for the day as a mark of respect after a lone suicide bomber set off a homemade bomb in the foyer of the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande performance, in an attack which left a further 59 injured.

Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative candidate, David Evennett, said: “Thoughts and prayers with the people of Manchester.”

Labour candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford, Stefano Borella, added: “Our thoughts are with the families, who lost loved ones after the terrible events of last night in Manchester. Campaigning suspended.”

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and Conservative candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup, James Brokenshire, paid his respects. He said: “Shocking that so many bright young lives cut short in Manchester. Prayers for all those affected by this appalling attack. We stand together.”

Danny Hackett, Labour candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup, said: “My thoughts are with those who have been caught up in the Manchester Arena incident. Whatever has happened, this was a concert full of kids. I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night.”

Liberal Democrat candidate for the same area, Drew Heffernan, added: “My thoughts today are with those affected by the blast in Manchester.”

And Erith and Thamesmead Labour candidate, Teresa Pearce, said: “Campaigning suspended in light of terrible events in Manchester. Awful, awful night.”

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, commented: “London stands united with the great city of Manchester today after this barbaric and sickening attack. This was a cowardly act of terrorism that targeted a concert attended by thousands of children and young people.

“My heart goes out to the victims, their families, and everybody affected.”

Ariana Grande was due to perform at The O2 arena in Greenwich next week, however, a representative for the singer said the tour has been suspended.

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