Election campaigning to resume on Friday

A member of the army joins police officers outside the Houses of Parliament in London
A member of the army joins police officers outside the Houses of Parliament in London
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General Election campaigning will get back under way nationally on Friday after a three-day pause in respect for the victims of the Manchester bomb.

Conservatives, Labour, Greens and the Scottish National Party all announced they will restart low-key local campaigning on Thursday, before resuming the national contest the following day.

Ukip became the first party to say it would be resuming its national campaign when leader Paul Nuttall announced he would be unveiling his party’s manifesto on Thursday.

Announcing Labour’s plans, leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “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.

“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.”

All the major parties had suspended national campaigning since Monday’s bombing at the Manchester Arena.

Local Labour activists did some low-key campaigning on Wednesday, such as delivering leaflets, but nothing that involved contact with voters.