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NI political parties suspend campaigning after Manchester bomb

The five main political parties in Northern Ireland have suspended campaigning in the General Election after the bomb in Manchester. News of the suspension emerged in the last hour. Last night a suicide bomber killed 22 people, including children, as an explosion tore through fans leaving a pop concert in Manchester. Some 59 people were also injured when the blast caused by an improvised explosive device carried by the attacker detonated at the Manchester Arena. Announcing that the death toll had risen, Greater Manchester Police chief constable Ian Hopkins said: “What I can confirm is that there are children among the deceased.” DUP leader Arlene Foster tweeted: “I have asked all DUP candidates to suspend their campaigning today. 22 dead including children. Horrific injuries. Terrorism must never win.” Ulster Unionist Party leader, Robin Swann MLA, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims and those injured … Continue reading

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Manchester Arena attack: 22 dead and more than 59 injured at Ariana Grande gig

At least 22 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a horror blast at Manchester Arena, which police are treating as a possible terror attack. Hundreds of people fled the arena screaming after hearing ‘loud bangs’ at the end of an Ariana Grande concert – where many of the gig goers were young female fans of primary school age, reports The Mirror. Witnesses are claiming a ‘nail bomb’ was the explosive device – but this is yet to be confirmed or denied by UK authorities. Young sobbing girls wearing pink Ariana Grande t-shirts were seen clutching their parents outside the concert as armed police and helicopters rushed to the scene. One witness reported being blown off his feet just after the lights came up at around 10.40pm, while others said they saw smoke and heard an explosion near the foyer area, before seeing people covered in blood. … Continue reading

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UUP Leader Robin Swann says Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has no compassion for victims of Provisional IRA …

Ulster Unionist Party Leader, Robin Swann MLA, has accused Jeremy Corbyn of having no compassion for the victims of the Provisional IRA. Mr Swann said: “Throughout the course of Sunday, Jeremy Corbyn had every opportunity to withdraw or clarify his comments when he was simply asked to unequivocally condemn the IRA and failed to do so. The fact that in the midst of an election where he is seeking to be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, that he cannot unequivocally condemn a terrorist organisation which brought death and destruction to our streets on an industrial scale, singles him out as one of the most unsuitable characters ever to attempt to become Prime Minister. I count members of the Labour Party as personal friends and I know that they will be absolutely disgusted if not unsurprised by Jeremy Corbyn`s failure to unequivocally condemn the IRA. “Fellow Corbyn journeymen such as John … Continue reading

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Arrogant and unhelpful: Robin Swann hits out at Foster over call only DUP can win South Belfast

The Ulster Unionist Party leader Robin Swann. Press Eye: Matt Mackey By Jonny Bell April 24 2017 UUP leader Robin Swann said Arlene Foster’s declaration that only the DUP can win South Belfast in the General Election was both “arrogant and unhelpful”. Writing exclusively in the Belfast Telegraph the DUP leader said – at her invitation – she would be meeting Mr Swann to discuss election issues. The matter of pacts is sure to be raised. She said only her party could win the South Belfast seat in the June 8 vote. Already the UUP has said it will not run in North Belfast, West Belfast and Foyle. Mrs Foster said: “There can be no argument that the DUP is not only the lead unionist party but the lead party in South Belfast. Sadly, in 2015, the UUP did not accept that reality but, given the results in 2016 and … Continue reading

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Alliance leader Naomi Long says next election could be Ulster Unionist ‘Swann Song’

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long April 22 2017 June’s General Election could be the ‘Swann Song’ for the Ulster Unionist Party, Naomi Long has said. The Alliance Party leader took to Twitter to criticise the UUP, after its own leader, Robin Swann, announced it would not contest three constituencies. “Taking their voters for granted like this is one reason why the UUP have one MLA left in Belfast. This election could be UUP Swann-song,” she said. Mr Swann said the party will not run in North Belfast, West Belfast or Foyle. Meanwhile, the party confirmed former leader Tom Elliott will run for the Fermanagh South Tyrone seat, and Danny Kinahan will once again run in South Antrim. Following a meeting at the Park Avenue Hotel in Belfast on Saturday, Ulster Unionist Party leader, Robin Swann MLA, said: “The General Election has been called and we have moved quickly to put … Continue reading

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