John Leech responds to “callous” Government's backtracking on terror attack funds

Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly said that the government will only pay 'reasonable' costs spent by Manchester in the wake of the terror attack on the city in May, not the full £17m.

Financial support was promised after the suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena, which killed 22 people on 22 May, but it yet to materialise.

Manchester MP of ten years, now sole opposition on Manchester Council, John Leech responded:

“The terror attack in Manchester was one of our darkest moments but in a response so true to our great city's spirit, history and community, we came together like no other.

“Our heroic emergency services, medical staff and professionals spared absolutely nothing in ensuring everyone got the treatment and support they needed in the moments and months after.

“It is deeply revealing of the Tories that they were able to find £1bn to prop up a crumbling government, but will short-change Manchester at its most desperate time.

“The Prime Minister should be ashamed that she is going back on her promise to ensure the full cost of the devastating attack on Manchester is met by the Government.

“Throughout everything, Manchester remained famously defiant, tolerant, open and endlessly welcoming, and it would be callous of this Government to deny Manchester the funds we needed to rebuild our city.”

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