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UK election to go ahead on June 8

Press Association logoPress Association 4/06/2017

Britain's national parliamentary election will go ahead on Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May says, after an attack in London which has left seven people dead and 48 injured.

Several political parties including May's Conservatives and the main opposition Labour Party suspended campaigning on Sunday but May said it would resume on Monday.

"As a mark of respect the two political parties have suspended our national campaigns for today but violence can never be allowed to disrupt the democratic process, so those campaigns will resume in full tomorrow and the general election will go ahead as planned on Thursday," she said in a televised statement in front of her Downing Street office.

Independence Party leader Paul Nuttall said earlier he would not be suspending campaigning in the wake of the attack.

"Disrupting our democracy is what the extremists want," said Nuttall, whose party is best-known for its anti-EU stance, on his Twitter account.

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