UKIP has become the first political party to announce it will resume full campaigning after the Manchester terror attack.
Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, UKIP, Greens and the SNP all cancelled planned general election events yesterday and today out of respect for the 22 victims and 59 injured.
Details are still emerging of the horrific bomb which sent shrapnel tearing through concert-goers at Manchester Arena.
But with 15 days left to polling day, party leader Paul Nuttall claimed delaying any longer would “allow the terrorists to win”.
He will launch the right-wing party’s manifesto, which had been due for release today, in an event in London tomorrow.
The party is the first to break ranks on a national level after Labour candidates resumed some local campaigning today.
Neither the Conservatives nor Labour nor the Lib Dems have said when they plan to resume national campaigning.
Twenty victims are still critically injured in hospital and the 22 dead are still being named.
Mr Nuttall said in a statement it was “right and proper” to stop campaigning “for a short period as a mark of respect”.
But he added: “We cannot be cowed or allow our way of life to be undermined by those who wish to do us harm.
“These people hate the way we live, hate our freedom and hate our democracy.
“The best response we can make is to ensure that the democratic process continues.”
He added: “For those who say that nothing must change, but then complain, it is by prolonging the disruption to normality that we allow the terrorists to win.”
Twenty of the 59 injured are still in a critical condition, some with major organ damage and potential loss of limbs.
One homeless man told how he had to pull nails out of children’s faces.
However, Mr Nuttall was not alone in his opinion.
Labour candidate Mike Gapes tweeted last night: “We must not allow murderous terrorists to undermine our democratic society. I will be resuming political campaigning tomorrow morning.”