In discussion with the four candidates, the decision has been taken to cancel the proposed Hustings.
Election campaigning has been suspended as a mark of respect. Young lives have been lost and many have been injured in this senseless act. The feelings of anger against this incomprehensibly evil act are easily understood. There is admiration for the response of the emergency services. There are wonderful accounts of how the people of the city of Manchester rallied to help those who were targeted. Our thoughts and prayers must go out to those who have been affected by this tragic event.
To engage in political debate seems inappropriate. Indeed, it would be difficult when the thoughts of many are elsewhere.
Many will seek comfort at times like this. Many will look for answers. In place of the Hustings, we will hold a Prayer Vigil on Thursday, at 7pm. We will remember and pray for the families of those who were in Manchester. We will reflect on the grief and brokenness that has been brought upon the families. We will give thanks for those who responded wonderfully in the aftermath of this atrocity. Our politicians, too, need our prayers as they continue to lead this country. We want peace to prevail; the task seems difficult.
May God bless you, and may His peace be with each one of us.