MP Jim McMahon has paid tribute to the Royton mums killed in the Manchester Arena terror attack and praised the fire service following a report into the incident by Lord Kerslake.

The Kerslake Report revealed firefighters were sent away from the scene of the deadly blast, despite arriving within 11 mins.

The report found poor communication kept the fire service effectively "out of the loop" and took two hours to attend the scene when 22 people lost their lives and over 700 people were injured after suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a homemade device last May.

The Oldham West and Royton MP said: "I pay tribute to Lisa Lees and Alison Howe, two Royton mums who went to collect their 15-year-old daughters who went to the Manchester arena but did not return home.

"The response from the community and from our emergency services was inspiring.

"Although faults have been found with the fire service, I place on record that the fire service is not outside our community; the fire service is our community. How we learn from this, and how we build and go forward from it, will be the test."