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Hampstead and Kilburn hustings cancelled in wake of Manchester attack

Organisers looking to rearrange public debate

23 May, 2017 — By Richard Osley

Inside the Sherriff Centre at St James’s Church

ELECTION hustings in West Hampstead have been cancelled after political parties suspended their campaigns in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester last night (Monday) which killed 22 people and injured dozens more.

Candidates for the Hampstead and Kilburn constituency were due to appear at the Sherriff Centre this evening (Tuesday) in what was scheduled to be one of their only public debates before the general election on June 8.

Organisers, the West Hampstead Life website, confirmed today that the event had been postponed and that they are looking for a new date.

The site’s founder Jonathan Turton, who was due to host the hustings, said in a post today: “We have had to cancel tonight’s hustings at the Sherriff Centre. Following the terrible attack in Manchester last night, which has left 22 people dead and dozens more injured, the political parties have suspended campaigning.”

He added: “Sadly this sort of disruption of the democratic process is surely one of the aims of terrorism. While calling a temporary halt to the campaign is understandable at the national level, and of course in Manchester, I believe the hustings would have been an opportunity for West Hampstead to come together as a community and pay its respects to the people caught up in this unimaginably awful situation, while acknowledging that sensitive and thoughtful political debate can continue even as we mourn for the victims.”

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