Campaigning for the general election in United Kingdom will resume on Friday after it was suspended following the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena that claimed 22 lives. Major political parties, including the Conservatives, Labour, Greens and the Scottish National Party (SNP), will recommence local level campaigning on Thursday before resuming the national events the next day after a minute’s silence is held nationwide for the victims of the attacks.
All the major political parties had suspended their campaigning for the general election as a mark of respect to those killed in the Manchester Arena attack on Monday. British Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will resume their party’s national campaigning on Friday, reports The Independent.
All major political parties have agreed that national campaigning will not take place until Friday. “The British people are united in their resolve that terror will not prevail. It will not prevent us going about our daily lives or derail our democratic process,” the Guardian quoted Corbyn as saying.
“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,” he added.
Prime Minister May is scheduled to meet fellow NATO leaders during her visit to Brussels on Thursday before going on to Taormina in Italy for a G7 summit.
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.