General Election: Campaigns suspended as Weston-super-Mare shows respect for victims of Manchester attack

PUBLISHED: 11:04 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:34 23 May 2017

Emergency services at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Emergency services at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

General Election campaigning is on hold in Weston-super-Mare this morning (Tuesday) after 22 people died in a suspected terrorist attack in Manchester.

More than 59 people were injured after an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena last night, and 22 people, including children, have died.

Around 21,000 people were at the concert and had started to leave at the time of the explosion. Police are treating it as a terrorist incident.

The flag at Weston’s Town Hall, in Walliscote Grove Road, is flying at half mast as a sign of respect.

Meanwhile Weston’s Conservative Party has confirmed there will be no canvassing or leafleting today, and there will also be no posts on social media.

The Labour Party has also suspended campaigning.

A spokesman from Weston’s Liberal Democrats said: “All campaigning is cancelled today as a mark of respect for the victims and families of the Manchester Arena bombing.”

Anita Spencer-Johns, chairman of Weston UKIP tweeted: “Heartfelt sympathy for those involved and affected by the mindless attack on young people in last nights attack in Manchester.”

The Green Party has also suspended campaigning.

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