London Bridge and Borough Market attacks: General election campaigning suspended


General election campaigning has been suspended in the wake of the London Bridge attack, which killed six people. 

A spokesman for the Conservative Party confirmed the party had suspended election campaigning.

“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,” the spokesman said.

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The Labour Party is expected to also suspend campaigning. 

London terror attack: What we know so far

In the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack, the major political parties suspended national campaigning for three days.

Theresa May is now facing pressure to postpone the general election in the wake of the London terror attack.

At least six people died and more than 48 were injured when three suspects ploughed a vehicle into pedestrians on London Bridge before attacking others in nearby tourist hotspot Borough Market.

Mrs May has since faced calls to cancel the election, due on June 8, particularly coming less than three weeks after the Manchester bombing.

Chris Cook, writing on Twitter, said: “We need to cancel or postpone this election.

“It is impossible to have an unbiased campaign when our news is being dominated by terrorism.”

Roy Shepherdson added: “The General Election IS the target. Can’t let them win. Postpone it a week.”

And Nick Applewhite said: “Something must be done to postpone election. Third attack in three months is horrifying.”

In 2001, Tony Blair had to postpone an entire election by a month because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.

Mr Blair had let it be known that he had pencilled in the election for 3 May to coincide with local council polls, but delayed the votes until 7 June because of the difficulty of campaigning while the animal disease was being contained.

The Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee on Sunday in response to the tragedy.


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