One Minute Silence Held for Victims of the Manchester Attack in the European Parliament

Today, Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament met for the first time after the Manchester terror attack. The support from Europe and wider afield has been overwhelming. Here are my comments from today:

 

“Speaking on behalf of UK Labour, with Afzal Khan and Julie Ward I have the opportunity to represent the wonderful international city of Manchester.

The tragedy that befell Manchester last week is a tragedy that many of our cities have faced.

So many of the victims of international terrorism are young people, children and in Manchester parents picking up their children from a concert.

22 people were murdered. 59 injured, many with life changing injuries.

The vigil the next day in Manchester was in the open air and attended by tens of thousands.

At another vigil in Manchester, I know that many people in this room will have heard of Oasis, people spontaneously started singing ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’.

During moments like these, I want to repeat the words of Jo Cox, Labour MP, who was brutally murdered by a terrorist last year…” We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us”.

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to governments, people and city leaders who have sent messages of support from right across Europe and who have shown solidarity with Manchester.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

 

This was followed by a one minute silence by the European Parliament as a whole in the plenary session at 14:00 BST today.