HARD-RIGHT party Ukip tried to use the Manchester terror atrocity as a PR exercise yesterday as it put the bombing at the centre of its manifesto launch.
Party leader Paul Nuttall called Islamic fundamentalism “one of the major issues” facing politicians and said it was “not the British way to turn a blind eye to this evil in our midst.”
Ukip’s policy pitch pledged to fund 20,000 extra troops and police officers, as well as 7,000 extra prison officers.
It also restated a plan to ban religious face coverings and impose a “one in, one out” system of migration.
Ukip deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans attacked Prime Minister Theresa May’s record on terrorism, stating that she “must bear some responsibility” for the bombing which left 22 dead.
Ukippers booed and heckled when BBC reporter Laura Kuenssberg asked Mr Nuttall if he was seeking to exploit the Manchester terror attack.
The launch marked Ukip’s return to general election campaigning following the bombing on Monday.