Andy Burnham: ‘City must stick together in face of terrorism’

  • Lucy Powell: Horrific and appalling attack
  • Theresa May: Worst attack Manchester has experienced

Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor, said that the city was united and people would not let the terrorists win.

“I am proud of Manchester whose people have responded with kindness – such acts send a message to the whole world,” he said

“At this darkest hour, people responded in the best possible way. We will not let these people win. We want to bring this city region back together.”

He urged people to attend the vigil in Albert Square at 6pm.

Lucy Powell, who is fighting to retain her seat as Manchester Central MP, condemned the attack as evil. She told Northern Quota: “This is absolutely horrific and appalling. Our hearts go out to all the families. I can’t even imagine what they are going through at this terrible time. As we have done in the past, now is the moment for us to pull together and turn an awful, awful act of terror into a positive outcome and not let it sow division in our city and our communities and store up hatred.”

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the attack as “cold, callous and calculating” and said it was designed to kill indiscriminately.

She said: “Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends of all those affected.

“This is one of the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the UK, and although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attach the city has experienced.”