I am so very sad for the families of all of those affected by the barbaric attack last night in Manchester. My thoughts and prayers are with the city and people of Manchester.

I am very sad, but also very angry that such a cowardly attack could take place in a place where so many children were enjoying a pop concert. We absolutely cannot allow such cruel attacks to become the norm in Europe.

The attack last night shows us that the biggest challenge politics must address is terrorism. We need to have an open, honest and frank debate about the issues of terrorism, our values and what kind of society we all want to live in.

How to help police

  • If you have any information call the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.
  • Police are appealing in particular for anyone with footage or photos from the concert that may help them piece together what happened. Upload them to the UK Police Image Appeal website here.
  • Avoid Manchester city centre as emergency services are still working at the scene.

Should I give blood?

  • The NHS Blood and Transplant Service is asking people not to attend blood banks today unless they have a pre-arranged appointment.
  • But they are urging people to attend any pre-booked appointments over the next few days, particularly if they have blood type O negative.

How to help families of missing

  • The #MissingInManchester hashtag is being used on Twitter. Friends and families are asking people to retweet pictures and share them in the hope of finding them.
  • A hotline has been set up for anyone concerned about loved ones who may not have returned home. Families and friends can ring 0161 856 9400 or 0161 856 9900.