The sympathies of everyone in Northern Ireland are with those who have suffered so terribly as a result of terrorism in Tunisia.
It is right that we as a nation will pay tribute with a national minute’s silence in memory of those who were so brutally slaughtered on a tourist beach, which should have been a place of safety, peace and relaxation.
Last September we supported military action against militants in Iraq, responding to a call from the government there.
We did so at that time because there was not only a direct and very obvious threat to minorities within Iraq, but a clear threat to the people of the United Kingdom.
That threat has not only continued within Iraq and Syria, but we have now seen how it can spread beyond those borders, with terror attacks not just in Tunisia but in Kuwait and France over the last few days.
The prime minister has rightly talked about peace, tolerance and democracy when focusing on this terrible event.
It is important however that the prime minister and our government ensures that those values are promoted, particularly in emerging democracies so that people in many of those nations will stand united with their government in opposition to those who promote a warped ideology.
Similarly at home it is vital that we all stand united in support of these values so that we never ever surrender to the type of activity we have seen in recent days.
East Londonderry MP, DUP