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Press Cycle #21 - Attacks in the US
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"Following the terror attacks in the US, and the suspected terror attack in France, what must be done moving forward?"

This press cycle will be closed at 23:59 on 03/04/18.

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Following attacks of this magnitude emotions understandably run high, and my sympathies and solidarity are with all those affected by today's tragedy. Terrorists seek to invade the minds of a country's citizens and fill their every thought with fear, and they seek to cause tears in a country's social fabric. We must not, not even for a second, allow them to divide us. We must stand together - shoulder to shoulder with our European and American brothers and sisters - against this threat. We will remember those that lost their lives today by standing with heartbroken nations around the world, rooting out this threat wherever it hides, and bringing the masterminds to justice.
Barbara Bond, Labour Party
Member of Parliament, Edinburgh South, 2015 - present
General Secretary, UNISON, 2005 - 2014

“Without a revolutionary theory there cannot be a revolutionary movement.” - Lenin
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Let me begin by saying that my thoughts and prayers are with the families of loved ones who are missing following the attacks in the United States and Lille. It is clear that a number of people have lost their lives and for families waiting for answers, we are thinking of you and we must do all we can to support you. This is a tragedy on a scale we have never see in our lifetimes. We must leave no stone unturned in understanding how this happened, and we must do all we can to bring those behind this attack to justice. We must pull together, stand united in the face of adversity with our allies and send a clear message to the murderers who seek to do us harm: the values of freedom and democracy will always win over darkness and fear. You will not win - you will be found and you will be brought to justice.
Member of the Conservative and Unionist Party
Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party (2001 - Present)
Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2001 - Present)
Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness (1997 - Present)
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Today we saw a tragedy unfold in the United States and France. As the full and sheer horror of what happened has come to light, it is extremely difficult to even contemplate the horror, the terror and the utter carnage that so many people have gone through. Innocent lives have been torn apart, families have lost loved ones and things will never be the same again.  I would like to offer my full condolences to President Powell and President Chirac, the people of the United States and the people of France, we stand in solidarity with our friends at this difficult time. This is not just an attack on our friends, but it is an attack on democracy, an attack on us all.  

In terms of what must be done moving forward, first things first we should allow time to grieve, to mourn those who we have lost to this tragedy, but then we must carry on as business as usual. The Government did the right thing by closing British airspace following developments, I will offer my full support as will the Conservatives to the Prime Minister and the Government moving forward on any action they take in light of this tragedy. The police should be put on full alert, intelligence services should also be on high alert and the Government should review the BIKINI level in light of the attacks.  Advice should also be given to major financial and business institutions around security measures. 

These people are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to frighten us out of doing the things that we do, they try to stop us going about our business, they should not and must not succeed. When these people try to intimidate us we will not be intimidated and when they seek to change our country or our way of life we shall not be changed. Through spirit , dignity and strength we stand by our friends in solidarity against terrorism and callous murder, these people will be bought to justice and we must carry on with our way of life.
James Allen

MP for Leeds Central

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Nothing in this world - not even the most antagonistic of conflicts - deserve the unilateral destruction of life. What the world has seen today is a blatant show of intolerance, and the United Kingdom and its allies will have none of it. Those responsible for these vicious attacks will be held accountable and justice will be sought for them - I know this Government, together with its allies, will begin a very complex process to unfold everything that lead to the events of today. Today, the members of this Parliament speak as British brothers and sisters to our fraternal allies of France and the United States, and - once again - will assign all of our efforts towards the resolution of these heinous and coward attacks.
Thomasina Eldred
Secretary of State for Communities, Devolved Government and the Constitution (2001 - )
Member of Parliament for Ipswich (1992 - )
Leader of the House of Commons (1997 - 2000)
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No words can comfort the sorrow felt across the world today in witness of these acts. This government will work in collaboration with our allies to understand what has happened and to ensure the protection of the British people. Public safety remains a primary concern of this government, and I personally urge each one of us to reach out to our loved ones, to find support and solidarity in the bonds that bring us together. Life may never return as it was before this day, but we cannot allow this tragedy to change us for the worse. Even in witnessing evil, we cannot forget the goodness that resides in most of humanity.
Dame Beatrice Oona Millar DBE MP FRSE RSA | Labour
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1992- )
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Hillhead (1987- )
Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Leith (1957-1959)

Formerly: Parminder Chawla, Joshua Bertram, Lillian Nichols, Gareth Edwards, Andrew Pearson, L Chris Havilland, Mack Aldritt
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The terrorist attacks strike at the very heart of the democratic system we all work within, promote and defend and ask our citizens to participate in believing that it will keep them safe. However, we have seen in recent months there are those who feel violence and chaos will result in the changes in society they hope for. It is mindless and will not succeed.

I am heartbroken for the families and friends of those lost and hope that in time they come to terms with the devastating loss they should never have faced. I cannot imagine their grief.

We need a robust and shared response to these attacks, taking action where we can to hold those responsible to account. We will not flinch in calling out those responsible for what they are, murderous and callous savages. They will not succeed in their twisted quest for change, democracy and peace will win through.
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These stunning attacks in both the United States and France are horrifying and shocking, we must never forget what has happened and stand resolute with our American and French allies. However we must not use this tragedy to wage war or conflict but instead bring those responsible to justice.   
Nelson Mabuza
MP for Blackburn

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These attacks are truly awful and as our own hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been murdered, and their loved ones, at the same time, that level of destruction is hard to truly contemplate. Saying that war is not necessary is only true if this was the action of "rogue" terrorists. If it was the action of a foreign government, or a foreign government is actively, and knowingly, harbouring these terrorists - then the only course of action is war.
MP For Hexham 1987 -
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Labour: 26
 
Really good, powerful set of contributions that poignantly offer words of hope and unity when those emotions are probably most needed. Also not very partisan, mostly, which is good. People can look to the government as a source of hope following these awful attacks.
 
Conservative: 24
 
What I said with Labour, really, applies to the Tories too. Most of the contributions this press round were really stellar. The only reason you lose out is because you’re not quite as loud as the government in your response.
 
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Barbara Bond: “We must not, not even for a second, allow them to divide us. We must stand together – shoulder to shoulder with our European and American brothers and sisters – against this threat.” Really summarises what a lot of people on the left, and in Britain as a whole, are feeling. It’s a message of strength and unity in one, delivered by Bond really well.
 
Elizabeth Atwood: “We must pull together, stand united in the face of adversity with our allies and send a clear message to the murderers who seek to do us harm: the values of freedom and democracy will always win over darkness and fear.” Who’d have ever thought Elizabeth Atwood and Barbara Bond would deliver such similar statements? But it is the mood music of the country, and Atwood also delivers it poignantly.
 
Atwood is becoming a well-known and probably well liked character. The Tories’ problems have, until now, been economic, but the economic problems still remain: should Atwood begin to build an economic platform, she may have Labour truly on their toes.
 
Aaron Pitt: “We need a robust and shared response to these attacks, taking action where we can hold those responsible to account. We will not flinch in calling out those responsible for what they are, murderous and callous savages. They will not succeed in their twisted quest for change, democracy and peace will win through.” It’s all nice to talk about unity, but there’s also a tone of anger – and the desire that justice has to be actively pursued. Pitt reflected that most effectively in his statement. Although the wonky grammar at the end may make some people think you’re saying the terrorists were calling for democracy and peace! Woops.
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