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.
The police and security services believe they know the identity of the perpetrator, but at this stage of their investigations we cannot confirm his name. As so often while we experienced the worst of humanity in Manchester last night, we also saw the best. The cowardice of the attacker met the bravery of the emergency services and the people of Manchester.
Let us remember those who died and let us celebrate those who helped, safe in the knowledge that the terrorists will never win.