UK parties suspend election campaign after terror attack

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he is "passionate believer in democracy" and would not want to see the election date being affected by the latest incident.

By: PTI | London | Published:June 4, 2017 2:38 pm
london terror attack. london bridge terror attack, london attacks Armed British police officers walk within a cordoned off area after an attack in the London Bridge area in London, Sunday, June 4, 2017. Terrorism struck at the heart of London, police said Sunday, after a vehicle veered off the road and mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge and witnesses told of men with large knives stabbing passersby at nearby Borough Market. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Two of Britain’s main parties, including the ruling Conservative party, today decided to suspend its campaign for the general election after the terrorist attack in London, which killed seven persons and injured 48 others. The ruling Conservative party announced that it was suspending its campaign following the attack just days before the polls on June 8 involving a van and three terror suspects, who were shot dead by Metropolitan Police armed officers.

“The Conservative party will not be campaigning nationally today. We will review as the day goes on and as more details of the attack emerge,” a Tory party spokesperson said.

The Opposition Labour party has also indicated that all planned campaign events for today would be called off. The Scottish National Party (SNP) has also called off its campaign for today.

However, the suspension will not include local campaigning, and local candidates will have the freedom to use their judgement.

London mayor Sadiq Khan said he is “passionate believer in democracy” and would not want to see the election date being affected by the latest incident.

“There can be no justification for the acts of these terrorists and I’m quite clear we’ll never let them win nor we will allow them to cower our city or Londoners,” he said.

A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge last night before three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market, a very busy area of central London. Scotland Yard said the three men were wearing what looked like suicide bomb vests, which later turned out to be fake.

All three suspects were shot dead by armed officers on the scene within eight minutes. “We are treating this as a terrorist incident and a full investigation is already under way,” said Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley.

The latest attack is the third terrorist strike in the UK this year, with campaigning also suspended for three days last month after suicide bomber Salman Abedi killed 22 victims at a concert in Manchester on May 22.

Earlier this year, on March 22, terror suspect Khalid Masood mowed down four pedestrians to death before stabbing to death a police officer on duty at the UK Parliament.

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  1. I
    Jun 4, 2017 at 8:21 pm
    Namaz Namaz Namaz Bomb Blast.Namaz Namaz Namaz Bomb Blast.Namaz Namaz Namaz Bomb Blast.Namaz Namaz Namaz Bomb Blast. This is how Muslims work for kuran And Islam
  2. H
    Jun 4, 2017 at 8:04 pm
    It is necessary to ban Islam and Koran . why ? Modern society is based on rule of law . Rule of law is based on an asumption . Everyone prefers to live rather than die ,what ever the circomstances . That too for things happening to some distant people in some other places . No one in say Africa wants to kill and die for whatever is happening in Ireland . This very asumption is proved false in islam . Under this condition the rule of law is impossible . Ordinary citizens who obey laws and prefer life will have nothing to protect them and will paradoxically die on the streets . The state will not be able to protect them since inside the territory the state follows the rule of law which is now ineffective since its very asumptions are now false in islam . So either islam and koran has to be banned or muslims has to be banned to protect both citizens and rule of law