Manchester terrorist attack, threat level ‘critical’ and election campaigning suspended – Politics Round-Up

Scenes in the aftermath of the Manchester terrorist attack

Here is Business Leader Magazine’s update from Westminster – your views and opinions are always welcome…

Manchester terrorist attack – what we know so far

On Monday evening at the Manchester Arena, shortly after a concert by US singer Ariana Grande, an explosion took place near to the foyer, killing 22 people and injuring 64 more.

The suspected suicide bomber has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi. Born in Manchester to Libyan parents, Abedi recently returned to the UK from Libya – according to Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Some names of the victims have been released and three men have been arrested this morning in connection with the attack, one believed to be Abedi’s brother – more to follow.

Terror threat level raised to ‘critical’

In a COBRA meeting last night, Prime Minister Theresa May has raised the threat level in the UK to its highest level – ‘critical’. This is the first time it has reached this level in ten years.

Up to 5000 soldiers will be deployed on the streets across the major cities in the UK amid fears of potential further attacks.

Campaigning for the General Election has been ‘suspended’ until further notice.

Home Secretary ‘irritated’ by US leaks

Amber Rudd has said she is irritated for releasing information about the Manchester bomber before UK police would have liked.

She today warned Washington that ‘it should not happen again’ and admitted that the bomber was ‘known up to a point’ by security services.

More to follow…