Ruth George Statement on the Tragedy in Manchester

We have suspended our General Election campaigning due to the tragedy in Manchester.

My heart goes out to all who are affected, and as a mum who has taken my older children to concerts at the MEN Arena, I cannot imagine the trauma that families must be suffering.

Thank you to all those, in the whole Manchester area, including High Peak, who have come together to give such an amazing response of support for everyone involved. Many of the emergency and medical staff from Manchester’s hospitals live in High Peak, and thank you especially for your rapid and effective response.

We are all affected by the scenes and trauma of Monday night, and will be for a long time to come. Our children are especially concerned – many had friends, or friends of friends who were at the concert, and they feel for them.

Whilst we must always be vigilant, we must not let the tiny minority who seek terror and destruction achieve their goal of making us live in fear, and prevent us from living our lives to the full.

It is only by reaching out to others that we can help to create a world that is filled with love rather than with hatred. Hatred breeds hatred, and those who seek to perpetrate terror thrive on hatred.

Manchester has set a wonderful example of uniting in compassion and in strength. I hope we can all do likewise to turn our righteous anger to a constructive purpose of working together towards even stronger communities, where no one needs to feel left out or alone.

Because we all have more in common than that which divides us.