Statement on the attacks in Brussels

Today, our thoughts and sympathies are with the people of Brussels.

We stand in solidarity with the victims of these horrific attacks, their friends and families, and the men and women of the emergency services.

We must defend our security and values in the face of such terrorist outrages, and refuse to be drawn into a cycle of violence and hatred.

We take pride in our societies of diverse faiths, races and creeds and will not allow those who seek to divide us to succeed.