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Election campaigning suspended after Manchester attack

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Nellie Chapman | 25 May, 2017, 06:36

LONDON-The Manchester suicide bombing has hit the reset button on the United Kingdom general election campaign, probably playing into the hands of Prime Minister Theresa May.

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale said: "This is a barbaric and sickening attack, targeted at young and vulnerable people enjoying a night at a concert".

Political parties will resume campaigning for the 8 June general election on Friday, after all sides paused hostilities as a mark of respect for the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

But Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May will recommence their party's national campaigning on Friday, with local campaigning resuming on Thursday.

Local Labour activists did some low-key campaigning on Wednesday, such as delivering leaflets, but nothing that involved contact with voters.

'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'.

According to the SNP spokesman, the party will hold local campaigning with local branches on Thursday before moving on to on the national campaign trail on Friday.

Before the three-day break imposed by the events in Manchester, Corbyn's party had appeared to be eating into the Conservatives' commanding poll lead, and May had suffered a grilling over changes to her controversial policy for funding social care.

"A Tory (Conservative) source speaking to the Press Association (news agency) said that the Prime Minister's general election campaign was being suspended", Sky News said.

Theresa May will be at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels on Thursday and then a G7 global summit on Friday, and will be unable to herself lead the Tory campaign until Saturday at the earliest. "National campaigning will resume on Friday".

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie said: "I am horrified by the deaths and injuries in Manchester".

But Ukip will steal a march on the other parties by resuming full-throttle campaigning on Thursday with the release of their manifesto, after postponing the scheduled launch on Tuesday in the wake of the atrocity.