London Bridge: Ukip refuses to suspend election campaign despite tragedy

Nuttall has vowed to carry on campaigning

Paul Nuttall has said he is not prepared to suspend campaign

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has said he refuses to suspend the party's election campaign, despite the tragic events in London Bridge last night.

Seven people have been killed and dozens injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge at around 10pm last night. The attackers then reportedly left their vehicle and launched a separate attack at neighbouring Borough Market, before being gunned down by police.

Both the Tories and Labour have suspended campaigning in the wake of last night's events, but Ukip's Paul Nuttall has said this is no way to respond to "Islamist terrorists."

Nuttall released a statement on Twitter, saying "with more people murdered on the streets of our capital city last night by Islamist terrorists, it is more important than ever for us to confront this evil with the democratic principles that have made this country what it is.

"Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those who lost their lives last night. The courage and quick response of our emergency services have yet again saved countless lives and in the midst of such a tragedy, deserve our respect and admiration.

"It is time to start honouring our dead with more than just words. The only guarantee that will come from our choosing to stall the democratic process again will be more attacks; it is what these cowards want us to do.

"For those of us seeking to serve the people of this country, it is our duty to drive the dialogue on how best to confront and defeat this brand of terrorism. That is what Ukip will be doing today and beyond. Therefore, I refuse to suspend campaigning because this is precisely what the extremists would want us to do."

Theresa May has confirmed the election will go ahead, as planned, on Thursday.

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