Norway lost one of its most promising young politicians in terror attacks

One of the victims of Anders Behring Breivik’s bomb attack and gun massacre in Norway on Friday has been described as one of the most promising and popular young politicians Norway had produced for many years.

21 year-old Tore Eikeland was one of nearly 100 people to die in Friday’s attacks on ruling Labour Party targets. Eikeland was a Labour councillor in Bergen and the leader of Young Labour in the Hordaland region.

When Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg spoke in the national cathedral about Eikeland and all of the victims, he did so with a tear in his eye and cracks in his voice.

In his heartfelt speech, Stoltenberg said he knew many of the victims personally. He mentioned Eikelund and seven others by name; praising what they had managed to achieve in their young lives — both personally and for the Labour Party. The PM said that when Eikeland spoke to the most recent national party conference, he was accorded the honour of a standing ovation from the whole auditorium.

The Prime Minister closed by saying that these young people have now passed from this life into eternity under circumstances which are completely beyond comprehension.


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