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Andy Burnham: Manchester mayor's statement in full

Andy Burnham: Manchester mayor's statement in full

After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most hard of dawns. Five fire engines were eventually dispatched, but by then all the most risky work had been done.

The letters added: "The thoughts and prayers of the communities of our region are with Manchester at this time, be assured that we stand shoulder to shoulder with you in the days ahead". Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley mayor, also pitched in: "I want to express my sympathy, condolences and solidarity with the people of Manchester following the bad events experienced at their arena".

On Monday night, Manchester Arena was hit by an explosion during the concert by pop star Ariana Grande.

"This was an evil act". Even in the minute after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.

The mayor said this was the "best possible message to those who seek to divide us", and would be the prevailing spirit of Manchester.

In a tweet announcing the event, Mayor Burnham said: "Please join us for a vigil at Albert Square at 6pm tonight".

Lucy Powell, Manchester Central's Labour candidate and the MP before the election, said the city would "come together and unite in solidarity".

"Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.

Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester mayor, has condemned these attacks and security arrangements are being reviewed whilst investigations are going on", he said.But for some immigrants, the fear is quite palpable.

"I have spoken with the prime minister and we have agreed that that all national campaigning in the general election will be suspended until further notice".

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