Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:-
“My thoughts and prayers are very much with the people of Manchester after the horror of terrorism visited on them again. I hope, unlike the IRA campaign, no UK politicians will equivocate in their response. Terrorism is always wrong and evil, whether the bomb is detonated by the IRA or an Islamic terrorist or anyone else.
“Suspending election campaigning today is the right thing to do as a mark of respect, and TUV will do likewise, but it will take a much bigger response by government to defeat Islamic terrorism. Indeed it is more difficult terrorism to defeat, because, unlike the cowards of the IRA, Islamic terrorists embrace death.”