Speaking on Tuesday morning the former Labour MP said the city would do what it could to operate as usual.
"It is hard to believe what has happened here int he last few hours and to put into words the shock, anger and hurt we feel today".
LEADERS of all political parties at Cheshire East Council have come together in solidarity today to share a message to residents after a terrorist attack in Manchester which has killed 22 people.
He condemned the "evil act" and said the city was "grieving" but that the city was "strong" in a statement this morning.
"We will be writing to Mr Burnham and to councillor Leese to express our support, our condolences and to offer any assistance we can to help the city overcome this tragic event. Today it will be business as usual, as far as possible in our great city".
"Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims of people who are still in hospital, in some cases fighting for their lives, and as a city we will have to take some time to grieve in what we believe was a terrorist attack".
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The Manchester police confirmed that 19 people were killed and about 50 others were injured as a result of the explosion.
The incident is the most deadly terrorist attack in the United Kingdom for a decade.
"I too shall be writing to the civic leaders of Manchester, including the Lord Mayor Cllr Eddie Newman, to express my honest sympathy and support for the great city of Manchester".
Tim Farron, who cancelled a planned campaign visit to Gibraltar, said: "This is a shocking and horrific attack targeting children and young people who were simply enjoying a concert".
"My heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones, my admiration to our fearless emergency services".
"This is an attack on innocent people and the nation is united both in its grief and its determination to stand up to this deplorable attack".