Conservatives, Labour, 2 Other UK Parties Suspend Election Campaigns Over London Attack

Four United Kingdom political parties have announced the postponement of their election campaigns following terrorist attacks in London.

Recall that terrorist attacks were recorded in three locations in the United Kingdom on Saturday night, June 3.

The first attack took place at the London Bridge, the second occurred at the Borough market while the third took place at the Vaux hall, United Kingdom.

A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 10:08pm on Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market.

The London attack reportedly left seven people killed and three attackers were shot dead by police.

In wake of the terrorist attacks, the Conservatives, Labour, the SNP and the Greens have suspended their national election campaigns.

Confirming the development, a Conservative Party spokesman said: “The Conservative party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge.

“We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge,” the spokesman added.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “We are all shocked and horrified by the brutal attacks in London. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died and the many who have been injured. Today, we will all grieve for their loss.

“I would like to thank the police and emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in acting to save lives and deal with these appalling acts of terrorism, as well as NHS staff and members of the public who sought to protect others.

“The Labour party will be suspending national campaigning until this evening, after consultations with other parties, as a mark of respect for those who have died and suffered injury.

“Those who wish to harm our people, divide our communities and attack our democracy will not succeed. We will stand together to defend our common values of solidarity, humanity and justice, and will not allow terrorists to derail our democratic process.”

A spokesperson for the SNP said: “All of our thoughts are with those affected by the dreadful events in London… It is important – especially so close to an election – that the terrorists do not succeed in their attempts to undermine our democracy.”

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said: “My heart goes out to all those affected and caught up in these horrific and despicable attacks, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families.”

Though the Conservatives, Labour, the SNP and the Greens have suspended their national election campaigns, Tories will campaign at a local level, with other parties expected to follow suit.

UKIP are not suspending their campaign as leader Paul Nuttall said that was “what the extremists would want”.

In a similar vein, the Labour mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said more police would be on the street on Sunday. He stressed the importance of Thursday’s general election, arguing for “making sure that we vote and we recognise actually that one of the things these terrorists hate is voting, they hate democracy”.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “This was an horrific attack in the heart of our capital city, targeted at people enjoying their evening with friends and family. My thoughts are with the victims and all those affected by this incident.”

Meanwhile UK prime minister, Theresa May is returning to Whitehall to meet senior ministers and security chiefs in the government’s emergency Cobra committee.

May said: “Our thoughts are with those who are caught up in these dreadful events”. She is due to make a statement from Downing Street at 10:00 BST.



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