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On behalf of all the UK’s Core Cities, I want to express our support for Manchester and its people. All our Leaders and Mayors stand together with them at this most difficult of times. 

Our thoughts are with the families of those killed, injured and otherwise affected by this cowardly attack on people enjoying a night out in their city. We also pay tribute to the brave emergency services who have risked their lives to help those affected.

These tragic events are an attack on all of us who share values of tolerance and liberty, the foundation of city life. We stand united against the threat of terrorism and the creed of hate and division, from whatever source.

The acts of solidarity in the aftermath of last night have already shown that all our communities will continue to come together and support each other to ensure our cities remain open, tolerant and diverse places to live.

Cllr Judith Blake, Chair Core Cities UK, Leader, Leeds City Council