Election campaigning suspended nationally

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Campaigning by most parties for the general election in Cambridge will, along with the rest of the UK, be suspended today (Sunday, June 4) in light of the June 3 terrorist attack in London. BBC reported that UKIP is the only major party not to suspends its campaigning, on the grounds that, according to party leader Paul Nuttall, this is “what the extremists would want”.

The recent terrorist attack, which took place in London Bridge and Borough Market, saw seven people killed, and marks the third terrorist attack in the UK in the past three months. Although most campaigning has been suspended nationally on Sunday, the general election will take place as planned on June 8, with Theresa May stating: “Violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process.”

Campaigning was also suspended for three days following the Manchester terrorist attack three weeks ago, in which 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber.

Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner, representative for the Labour Party, said in an email to The Cambridge Student, “As a mark of respect, we have suspended all campaigning today (Sunday). The events in London are deeply distressing. From tomorrow (Monday) we will re-start local campaigning.”

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