Today has been a very upsetting and sad day in Brussels as we have witnessed the explosions that have killed and injured so many citizens and visitors. The European Parliament is currently on lock down as is most of the city. I am grateful that our UK MEPs and their Brussels based staff are safe and accounted for. Our thoughts are with the families who have been caught up in this tragedy. There are few words that can adequately convey the sorrow we feel for the victims of these attacks and their loved ones.
At the same time I want to pay tribute to the emergency services who are working flat out to attend to the casualties and also to the ordinary citizens who have reached out a helping hand to give comfort to the injured and distressed and in some cases, risking their own lives to pull people to safety. At times like this honest human goodness comes to the fore.
It is a sad day for all of us who work for peace and tolerance and so we must redouble our efforts to create greater inclusion and better living together. We must stand in solidarity together against those who perpetrate such attacks against people in Europe and across the world.