I have just chaired a meeting of the government’s emergency committee COBR, where we discussed the details of – and the response to – the appalling events in Manchester last night.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, and the families and friends of all those affected.
It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester, and of this country, have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack – an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.
This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom. And although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way, it is the worst attack the city has experienced, and the worst ever to hit the north of England. PM Speech More: View Youtube
Manchester incident: advice for schools and students
Ofqual statement on Manchester incident: advice for schools and students.