Politicians united in a mood of defiance against the terrorists “who want to attack our way of life” while Brexit Secretary David Davis claimed that it was an attempt to disrupt the democratic process.
The leaders of the main political parties called a brief truce out of respect for the victims but campaigning is set to begin again tomorrow.
Only Ukip’s Paul Nuttall refused to suspend campaigning insisting that the way to defeat terrorism was to carry on as normal.
If we allow these attacks to disrupt our democratic process then we all lose
He said: “It is time to start honouring our dead with more than just words. The only guarantee that will come from our choosing to stall the democratic process again will be more attacks – it is what these cowards want us to do. For those of us seeking to serve the people of this country, it is our duty to drive the dialogue on how best to confront and defeat this brand of terrorism.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has shared a platform with Islamic terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah, said campaigning would be suspended “as a mark of respect for those who have died and suffered”.
The General Election will go ahead as planed despite the London Bridge attack
Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party suspended campaigning until Monday
However, the Labour leader was due to give a speech in Carlisle on terrorism today.
Supporting the election going ahead he added: “If we allow these attacks to disrupt our democratic process then we all lose.”
Mr Davis said he did not believe there was any legal means of delaying the election while Parliament was not sitting.
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Ukip party leader Paul Nuttall refused to suspend his campaign in respect of the victims London terror raids Sun, June 4, 2017
Police have raided a block of flats in Barking in connection with last night's London Bridge terror attack.
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As police continue their investigations following the June 3 terror attacks, a block of flats in Barking is raided for possible suspects
“I’m not sure it can be legally done,” he said. “In order to do this, you’d have to have some change in the law and who’s going to do that? Parliament no longer exists.
“I’m not a Member of Parliament for the duration, and neither are the other people who were MPs.”
The Democratic Unionist Party’s Ian Paisley Jr called for security to be stepped up at polling stations.
“People must feel safe, especially at election time,” said Mr Paisley.