Amber Rudd responds to ‘barbaric’ Manchester attack

Amber Rudd, Home Secretary with Theresa May
Amber Rudd, Home Secretary with Theresa May

Hastings and Rye’s Conservative candidate has labelled the Manchester attack as ‘barbaric’.

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that 22 people died and at least 59 people injured after an explosion outside an Ariana Grande concert last night.

In a statement Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who is looking to be re-elected Hastings and Rye MP next month, said: “I know that some people will only just be waking up to the news of the horrific attacks in Manchester last night.

“This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and the victims who have been affected, and I know the whole country will share that view.

“I’d like to pay tribute to the emergency services who have worked throughout the night professionally and effectively – they have done an excellent job.

“Later on this morning, I will be attending COBRa, chaired by the Prime Minister, to collect more information – to find out more – about this particular attack, and I can’t comment any more on that at the moment.

“The public should remain alert but not alarmed. If they have anything to report, they should approach the police.

“But I have two further things to add.

“The great city of Manchester has been affected by terrorism before. Its spirit was not bowed; its community continued.

“This time it has been a particular attack on the most vulnerable in our society – its intention was to sow fear – its intention is to divide. But it will not succeed.”