On Friday 3rd July, a public midday silence was held at Manchester Town Hall to commemorate the victims of the terror attacks perpetrated in Tunisia and Kuwait on 26th and 27th June respectively.
The Lord Mayor, Paul Murphy OBE, Sir Richard Leese, Leader of the Council and a number of Councillors stood amongst the crowd of people who all turned up at St Peter’s Square to show their solidarity with the families of the victims.
The attacks, perpetrated by ISIS, left 38 people, largely Britons, dead in the Tunisian resort city of Sousse and 27 in the Imam al-Sadiq mosque in Kuwait.
The fact that the barbarous killings took place in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of compassion, forgiveness and self-reflection, shows that ISIS has much less to do with religion than with inflicting fear and terror.
The Manchester Town Hall gathering on Friday served as a rejection of ISIS’s politics of division and hate by all communities living in the UK and, instead, sent a message that we all choose to live in togetherness and peace between us.
Please see my Parliamentary address on the attacks below.