Manchester Bombing Could Impact Upcoming UK Election

Manchester, and subsequently the world, was rattled on Monday night when an explosion went off following Ariana Grande’s performance at Manchester Arena. The blast left 22 people, mostly children, dead, and scores more injured. In the coming hours and days, as details were put together and victims identified, politicians in the UK took to Twitter and other social media platforms to speak about the horrific event.

Prime Minister of the UK, Theresa May, took to Twitter Tuesday morning to address the “appalling events in Manchester last night.” Later in the day on Tuesday, PM May called for the UK’s terror threat level to be raised from “severe” to “critical,” the nation’s highest threat level; this means that the UK expects another attack imminently.

Prime Minister Theresa May tweeted about the attack the following morning.

The attack in Manchester is now expected to play a major role in the upcoming UK elections, which will take place on June 8th. Prime Minister May’s primary opponent in the election, Jeremy Corbyn, reacted to the attacks by posting a series of tweets expressing his solidarity, as well as showing up to Albert Square in Manchester to pay his respects.

Jeremy Corbyn took to Twitter to express solidarity with those affected by the Manchester bombing.
Jeremy Corbyn was present in Albert Square, Manchester, following the bombing on Monday night.

With the UK already consumed by political tension as a result of ongoing Brexit negotiations, the bombing at Manchester Arena on Monday night could prove to be the deciding factor in what has already become a tight race between May and Corbyn.

Having served as the Home Secretary for six years prior to becoming Prime Minister of the UK, May is experienced in matters of policing, national security, and counter-terrorism, which could be seen as an advantage over her opponent, Corbyn, who serves as Leader of the Labour Party in the UK.

While the effect of Monday night’s attack on the upcoming UK general election is yet to be seen, candidates of all sides temporarily suspended their campaigns out of respect for the victims of the attack.