Jeremy Corbyn says 'terror will not prevail' as parties prepare to re-start election campaign

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24th May 2017

Jeremy Corbyn has declared that "terrorism will not prevail" as Labour and the Conservatives announced that they will re-start their election campaigns tomorrow.

The Conservatives and Labour are lifting the suspension on general election campaigning.
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Campaigning was suspended in the wake of Monday night's terror attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, when a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

The Labour leader told staff at the party's London HQ this afternoon that their local campaign will resume from tomorrow, with the national campaign back up and running on Friday.

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It is understood Mr Corbyn will mark the event by making a speech on the importance of democracy.

He said: "The British people are united in their resolve that terror will not prevail. It will not prevent us going about our daily lives or derail our democratic process.

"Resuming democratic debate and campaigning is an essential mark of the country’s determination to defend our democracy and the unity that the terrorists have sought to attack."

Conservative sources confirmed that they will re-start local campaigning tomorrow after a national minute's silence in memory of those killed in the Manchester attack. They will also resume their national campaign on Friday.

Ukip had earlier announced that it was re-starting its own campaign tomorrow with the launch of the party's election manifesto.

Leader Paul Nuttall said: "We are all horrified by the horrific events that took place in Manchester…

"But we cannot be cowed or allow our way of life to be undermined by those who wish to do us harm. These people hate the way we live, hate our freedom and hate our democracy.”

He added: "The best response we can make is to ensure that the democratic process continues and therefore I have decided that we must to go ahead with the launch of the Ukip general election manifesto tomorrow.

“For those who say that nothing must change, but then complain, it is by prolonging the disruption to normality that we allow the terrorists to win. 

“Politics has never been more important, politicians must deal with these issues."