In pictures: the New Statesman Labour leadership debate

Andy Burnham, David Miliband, Diane Abbott, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls in hustings action.

(l-r) Andy Burnham, David Miliband, Diane Abbott, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls.

(Left to right) Andy Burnham, David Miliband, Diane Abbott, Ed Miliband and Ed Balls Credit: David Willems

 

David Miliband and Diane Abott

David Miliband and Diane Abbott. Credit: David Willems

 

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham. Credit: David Willems

 

David Miliband

David Miliband. Credit: David Willems

 

Diane Abbott

Diane Abott. Credit: David Willems

 

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham. Credit: David Willems

 

Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband. Credit: David Willems

 

Ed Balls

Ed Balls. Credit: David Willems

 

Read James Macintyre's take on last night's debate and Samira Shackle's rundown on the press and blogosphere coverage.

 

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Andy Burnham's full speech on attack: "Manchester is waking up to the most difficult of dawns"

"We are grieving today, but we are strong."

Following Monday night's terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, newly elected mayor of the city Andy Burnham, gave a speech outside Manchester Town Hall on Tuesday morning, the full text of which is below: 

After our darkest of nights, Manchester is today waking up to the most difficult of dawns. 

It’s hard to believe what has happened here in the last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt that we feel today.

These were children, young people and their families that those responsible chose to terrorise and kill.

This was an evil act. Our first thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. And we will do whatever we can to support them.

We are grieving today, but we are strong. Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.

I want to thank the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked throughout the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable.

We have had messages of support from cities around the country and across the world, and we want to thank them for that.

But lastly I wanted to thank the people of Manchester. Even in the minute after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.

They gave the best possible immediate response to those who seek to divide us and it will be that spirit of Manchester that will prevail and hold us together.

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