"Our thoughts are with all of those families affected by this terrible incident. Attacks like these are aimed at creating fear and breaking down our social fabric by dividing our communities. It is therefore important that, instead of playing into the terrorist's hands, we pull together even more. Manchester has faced, and dealt with, terrorist threat and attacks in the past and it will deal with this one. It does so by civic, community and business groups pulling together and I am sure that we will emerge, once again, stronger as a city out of this adversity. Already we have seen the wonderful people of this city mobilising and there is nothing that stiffens my resolve more for our mission to make our great city regions greater than when things like this happen that threaten to undermine it."