Labour MPs set to get back on the doorstep as national campaigns remain suspended

Labour’s election candidates are expected to resume some local campaigning today after vowing that terrorism would not be allowed to “undermine our democratic society”.

The party’s national campaign remains suspended but some PPCs are set to return to the doorstep this morning with little more than two weeks to go until polling day.

Mike Gapes, the backbencher who is aiming to be returned as MP for Ilford South, said violence must not be permitted to thwart democracy.

Yesterday he wrote on Twitter: “We must not allow murderous terrorists to undermine our democratic society. I will be resuming political campaigning tomorrow morning”.

Ben Bradshaw, a former cabinet minister standing in Exeter, also vowed to resume his effort to defend the one Labour seat in the south west.

“My Labour colleague Mike Gapes right as usual. Tomorrow I’ll be out talking to the people of Exeter, as I do most other days of my life.”

Theresa May is due to chair another meeting of the Cobra emergency committee this morning.

Last night she raised Britain’s threat level to “critical”, the highest rating, meaning another attack could be imminent.

Twenty-two people were killed and 59 injured in the suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena on Monday night.

Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn attended a vigil in the city. He also published a video message in which he said: “Our hearts are broken but our resolve has never been stronger.

“We are determined that terrorism will not determine our communities as the perpetrators clearly intended.”

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