The last week has been emotional for all of us. Shared grief and disbelief have united our otherwise divided nation, at least temporarily. Banners came down, political campaigning ceased and we all took a moment to stand still and take these dreadful news in.
Words will never be enough to capture the feeling of numbness and pain and I guess it will be a long time before we can come to terms with any of it.
For a few days we forgot about the ins and outs of politics and focused on what makes us human and what brings us together: In this case grief, but also love and compassion. Our hearts went out to the victims and their families, regardless of where we come from.
It is sad that something so dreadful was the cause for this moment of unity but it gets to show that we all can pull together.
And pulling together we must in the times ahead.
Let us take keep this sense of togetherness and compassion and work on solutions for our other shared problems.
As a party we had to resume the campaign (however wrong this now feels) so that we can help solving those shared problems together.
But while we're doing this, let us hold on to our compassion and extend it to all people in need.
Let us oppose those who try to divide us and make sure Wales remains open and united.
This is Welsh Lib Dem leader Mark Williams’ statement on the Manchester attack.
I am deeply shocked and saddened by the events that took place in Manchester last night, which took the lives of at least 22 people and has injured 59 more.
This attack is an act of utter barbarity that was aimed directly at thousands of our children and young people.”
I praise the brave action of our emergency services, who acted quickly to tend to those at the Manchester Arena.
As a parent myself, I can only imagine the anguish that many are feeling, and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected.