Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Football Matches, TUC Conference Called off; Terror Attack on US: Reaction - Terrorism USA

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Football Matches, TUC Conference Called off; Terror Attack on US: Reaction - Terrorism USA

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TRADE union leaders called off their congress in Brighton today as a mark of respect for those killed in the US terror attacks.

European football's governing body has also postponed all its matches including eight Champions League fixture, including Manchester United, and more than 40 Uefa Cup matches due to be played today and tomorrow.

They had already decided it had been impossible to stop last night's games without major security problems as many of the fans were already in the grounds and some matches had started, but a minute's silence was held before the start of all the matches.

Mayor Ken Livingstone and members of the London Assembly also led a minute's silence this morning for the victims. At the start of a scheduled Assembly meeting, the Mayor said he has been briefed by the Met and Londoners should stay calm in the knowledge that the capital did not face an imminent threat.

"There are no indications that London or the UK has been targeted for any further attack," he said.

One of the music industry's biggest events, the BMI awards at the Dorchester Hotel, has also been called off.

At the TUC, Bill Morris, general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, said of the attacks: "They represent a fundamental assault on democracy and democratic values throughout the world. The grief of the American people must be our grief."

Mr Morris said it was inevitable that many trade unionists including fire fighters and police officers would be among the victims of the outrage. He told delegates there was a widespread feeling that it would be inappropriate to continue with the conference.

"Many delegates feel it would be fitting for us to show our respect. Simply to continue with business as usual would not be the right message we want to convey," he added.

"As a statement of our solidarity we want to propose that we conclude our business in a dignified and orderly fashion and draw Congress to a close. …

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