What impact will the London Bridge attack have on the UK election?

David Miliband: The question this week is whether the terrorist attacks last Friday will affect the outcome?

The short answer to that, I think, is no. I think the vast majority of British people will be thinking above all about their sympathy for the victims of the attack. Two people were killed and the extraordinary life stories that have been told about them really would make you cry for the loss that's been suffered by their family and frankly, been suffered by the whole country. I think that's to be uppermost in people's minds rather than the political facts or the political consequences.


Lord William Hague: How much difference has last week's terrorist attack made to the British general election?

I would say, of course, something like this shouldn't affect the general election. It's very important that democracy isn't affected by something like that. It has affected the debate in the election because it's made it about security. Boris Johnson has learnt the lessons of the last election where the opposition parties lambasted Theresa May when there were terrorist attacks and she didn't really defend herself. So, he's got his retaliation in first this time, saying that we have to have tougher security policies. So ,there has been debate about it in the last few days. But speaking to voters here in London today, I don't see that it is changing the election. That remains about Brexit, the health service, housing, the economy and so on. So we're not many days, just a week from the election now. I don't think it has changed the course of that election.

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