“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,” the prime minister said in a televised statement in front of her Downing Street office.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also expressed his “shock and horror” for the attacks in the UK capital’s London Bridge and Borough Market areas.
“Those who wish to harm our people, divide our communities and attack our democracy will not succeed. We will stand together to defend our common values of solidarity, humanity and justice and will not allow terrorists to derail our democratic process,” Corbyn said in a statement.
The Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats also announced that they were temporarily suspending their campaigns, but Paul Nuttall, the leader of the anti-immigration UKIP, refused to do so “because this is precisely what the extremists would want us to do”.
The attack on Saturday came less than two weeks after a deadly suicide bombing at a Manchester concert venue, which killed 22 people, and some three months after an attacker ran down people with a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, killing four before stabbing a policeman to death outside Parliament.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Saturday’s attack.