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Oct 07 2017

Are we really going to be stampeded myopically over the edge of the gorge, with an election that no one wants?feedback

Oct 07 2017 - Labour Party

Folks I am away but just read all this. See Amber piece this am. She is right right right. We have JUST HAD AN ELECTION and people are fed up with all this malarkey. Get behind the PM. Ordinary punters I have spoken to thought her speech was good and anyone can have a cold. Circle the wagons turn the fire on Corbyn and talk about nothing except our great policies and what we can do for the country.feedback

Oct 06 2017

If you want to build a society where everyone feels included, and where everyone shares in the national story, we cannot continue with the multicultural apartheid.feedback

Oct 06 2017

The unprecedented crisis we face – with Africa's natural heritage being destroyed and communities put at risk due to poaching by illegal armed gangs – will only stop when people stop buying ivory. Along with our partners, we congratulate the government on this important step and look forward to working with it to ensure the ban is implemented robustly and without delay.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Syria conflict

To stop their adventurist and expansionist plans, causing trouble in Yemen, Syria or anywhere else. On the other side, we in the UK feel that Iran – a country of 80 million people, many of them young and potentially liberal – could be won over. I think it is important they see there are benefits from the JCPOA (an acronym for the nuclear agreement), so we in the UK want that alive.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Brexit

The scale of the task ahead as we take back control of our destiny.feedback

Oct 05 2017 - Brexit

We will be able to intensify old friendships around the world, not least with fast-growing Commonwealth economies.feedback

Oct 04 2017 - Libya

That's why Britain is playing a key role in reconstruction and why I have visited Libya twice this year in support.feedback

Oct 04 2017 - Libya

Incredible place. It's got a real potential and brilliant young people who want to do all sorts of tech.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Labour Party

She won more votes than any party leader and took this party to its highest share of the vote in any election in the last 25 years and the whole country owes her a debt for her steadfastness in taking Britain forward as she will to a great Brexit deal.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Brexit

Based on that Florence speech on whose every syllable, I can tell you, the whole cabinet is united.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Brexit

Based on that Florence speech on whose every syllable, I can tell you the whole cabinet is united. Every day a distinguished pink newspaper manages to make Eeyore look positively exuberant and across the world the impression is being given that this country is not up to it. That we are going to bottle out of Brexit and end up in some dingy ante-room of the EU, pathetically waiting for the scraps but no longer in control of the menu.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - Brexit

I believe we will eventually find a cure for the psychological contamination of radical Islamist extremism. Just as we have eradicated smallpox and polio.feedback

Oct 03 2017 - IMF

It would be disastrous. And in leaving Britain in this limbo – locked in the orbit of the EU but unable to take back control. Unable to do proper free trade deals. Labour would inflict a national humiliation on a par with going cap in hand to the IMF.feedback

Oct 01 2017

Obviously we are very anxious about any violence. We hope that things will sort themselves out, though clearly you have to be sensitive to the constitutional proprieties. As I understand it the referendum is not legal, so there are difficulties.feedback

Sep 30 2017 - Rohingya

An outflow on this scale tells its own story. When so many people are displaced so quickly – and about half of all the Rohingya in Rakhine have now fled – this can only be the result of a deliberate action to expel a minority, unless they are able to return in safety.feedback

Sep 30 2017 - Refugees

Over 500,000 Rohingya refugees have been driven from their homes in little more than a month, streaming over the border into Bangladesh, destitute and exhausted.feedback

Sep 30 2017 - Brexit

If all she does is 'strong and stable', I will deliver Brexit', then there will be a collective eye-roll.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Burma

The wind is in the palm trees and the temple bells they say .feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Burma

The temple bells they say/ Come you back you English soldier. What? The Road to Mandalay? No? Good stuff.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Brexit

I want people to be paid more. People get up unbelievably early and they work unbelievably hard, they deserve to be properly paid. You can pay people more, but shrink your wages bill. I'll be honest with you. I do think you can always find ways of reducing expenditure on things that are not necessary. Any minister who tells you you can't find savings, it is not true. He is bathing in this orgiastic adulation from Corbynistas who are conspiring in this myth that he won the election.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Labour Party

It would be a mistake for us to go chasing after Corbyn down some leftist cul de sac.feedback

Sep 29 2017

We have got to be engaged mano a mano with all this leftwing nonsense which has been peddled again and we have got to find new ways of invigorating people about our ideas.feedback

Sep 29 2017 - Venezuela

Young people don't have to go back to the 1970s. You don't have to time travel, you just have to travel round the world – Venezuela.feedback

Sep 29 2017

We brought in a national living wage. I think that is the right thing to do but it is obviously not enough, and I would of course see people getting decently rewarded for their hard work. I really believe in that.feedback

Sep 27 2017 - Brexit

We have an extraordinary future ahead of us.feedback

Sep 27 2017

I hope that it can be resolved speedily and obviously we're very disappointed by the result. We will be looking at what we can do to ensure free and fair trade to make sure thatBombardier gets a fair crack of the whip.feedback

Sep 26 2017 - Daesh

The priority must remain the defeat of Daesh and returning stability to liberated areas.feedback

Sep 26 2017

Yes, we didn't do quite well enough and we remain in opposition for now. But we have become a government-in-waiting. And our message to the country could not be clearer: Labour is ready.feedback

Sep 25 2017 - Brexit

We can do it comfortably in two years.feedback

Sep 22 2017 - Brexit

I think what was so uplifting about this speech was it was positive - it was confident about what Britain can do but also about our relations with the rest of the EU.feedback

Sep 21 2017 - Brexit

I am mystified by all this stuff. Not me, guv. I don't know where it's coming from, honestly.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Iran

We are continually urging the Americans not to tear it up. I have to tell you the odds are perhaps 50-50.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Brexit

The prime minister has been clear that they're all working together and they're all heading in the same direction.feedback

Sep 20 2017 - Brexit

We are a nest of singing birds.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Brexit

In any normal circumstances he would have been sacked the day after.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Single market

I don't think the sums should be too high, but it is obviously legitimate and right that we should pay our dues – we are a law-abiding country – during the period of membership. Where our lawyers say we are on the hook for stuff, then we are going to have to pay. We need to protect that legacy. I am loving this job. It is one of the greatest jobs in the world. It is a fantastic privilege.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Brexit

We have a duty in the UK government to have strong dynamic vibrant relations with our number one ally and the most powerful nation on earth. But I am not the porte parole [spokesperson] of the US.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Brexit

A year ago it still seemed possible to talk about the success of the moderate opposition in Syria, but we have to be realistic now about what has happened. Assad possesses most of useful Syria, but he has not won. She is clearly not doing enough to express people's legitimate outrage at the treatment of the Rohingya. It is an appalling way to treat innocent people and I am afraid it is driven by racial prejudice. If it looks like ethnic cleansing, it is best to draw that conclusion.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Brexit

I am confident she will set out an exciting and positive vision for Brexit and it will be a speech around which everyone can unite.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Syria conflict

We have one big card left to play in a pretty poor hand and that is the cash we can provide for the reconstruction of Syria. It is vital that we do not play that card prematurely, but instead when there is a serious political process that will culminate in elections in which not only the people in Syria, but the 12 million or so that have been expelled are able to vote. If we can get a political process that will lead to a transition away from Assad then we should play the reconstruction card.feedback

Sep 19 2017 - Brexit

We want them back in Paris, I am not saying it is going to happen overnight. There may be things we have to do, but we will work on them.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Rohingya

It is barbaric what is happening to the Rohingya, there can be no doubt about it. And of course, it's up to Daw Suu, state counsel and Aung San Suu Kyi to show leadership to try and impose her will on the military.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Syria conflict

We believe that the only way forward is to get a political process going and to make it clear to the Iranians, Russians and Assad regime that we, the like-minded group, will not support the reconstruction of Syria until there is such a political process and that means, as Resolution 2254 says, to a transition away from Assad.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Burma

What we are trying to get everyone to agree is that, number one, the killings have got to stop, and the violence has got to stop. And we look not just to the military but also to Daw Suu to show a lead on that.feedback

Sep 18 2017 - Burma

It is vital that Aung San Suu Kyi and the civilian government make clear these abuses must stop.feedback

Sep 18 2017

If I am being totally honest, people have been ringing each other up and saying, what can we do.feedback

Sep 18 2017

Everyone is desperately worried by Hurricane Maria, currently threatening Caribbean islands.feedback

Sep 18 2017

We still have to deal with Hurricane Maria and we need to get supplies to areas that have not been affected by Irma. They have not had the water proofing, and the plywood. We need to coordinate better in our predictions.feedback

Sep 17 2017 - Brexit

Once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly 350 million pounds ($476 million) a week. It would be a fine thing, as many of us have pointed out, if a lot of that money went on the NHS (National Health Service).feedback

Sep 17 2017

Once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly £350m per week. It would be a fine thing, as many of us have pointed out, if a lot of that money went on the NHS, provided we use that cash injection to modernise and make the most of new technology.feedback

Sep 16 2017 - Brexit

And yes – once we have settled our accounts, we will take back control of roughly 350 million pounds per week. It would be a fine thing, as many of us have pointed out, if a lot of that money went on the NHS (health service).feedback

Sep 16 2017 - Brexit

I am here to tell you that this country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily.feedback

Sep 16 2017

The hurricane can come in, it can knock down absolutely everything in its path but it can't bow or bend the spirit of the British Virgin Islands.feedback

Sep 15 2017 - Immigration

Well, insofar as they doubt our resolve, I believe they are wrong; and I am here to tell you that this country will succeed in our new national enterprise, and will succeed mightily.feedback

Sep 14 2017 - Human Rights

It's vital for her now to make clear that this is an abomination, and that these people will be allowed back. That those people will be allowed back to Burma and that preparation is being made, and that the abuse of their human rights and the killings–hundreds, perhaps even thousands–then the killings will stop.feedback

Sep 13 2017

They've never seen anything like it for 150 years. People don't realise that these are British people, these are British islanders and we have a duty to them.feedback

Sep 12 2017

It is not just for the short term, we are going to be there for the long term as well.feedback

Sep 12 2017

Most fair-minded people have said that the UK responded extremely fast and extremely well. We had RFA Mounts Bay in position in the region before the hurricane struck. It would have been totally absurd to bring troops in or bring heavy aircraft during the storm itself.feedback

Sep 12 2017

This is a very big consular crisis and I am confident we are doing everything we possibly can to help British nationals.feedback

Sep 12 2017 - Rohingya

There can be no doubt that the treatment of the Rohingya is a disgrace and I'm afraid it is damaging the reputation of Burma (Myanmar). And all of us who wish Aung San Suu Kyi well, the State Counsellor well, all of us who admire her, hope she will be able to use her leadership to get the military to do the right thing for that beleaguered and oppressed minority.feedback

Sep 11 2017

I must sympathise with the distress of all the citizens in the Caribbean. I would point out that we have half a million British nationals in the path of Hurricane Irma and Jose, do not forget that this is the biggest consular crisis we have faced. We were there as soon as the crisis broke.feedback

Sep 11 2017

We are doing everything we can to help British nationals but there are half a million of them affected.feedback

Sep 11 2017 - Women

If you look at what is happening now, you can see an unprecedented British effort to deal with the catastrophe. These are British people, these are British overseas territories and we will be there for the long term. We will come forward with plans to restore these islands, get them back on their feet.feedback

Sep 11 2017

A terrible thing has happened to British overseas territories.feedback

Sep 11 2017

We will come through with a recovery plan for those islands and make sure they get back on their feet again.feedback

Sep 11 2017

But I've absolutely no doubt that we can face up to the challenge, we can deliver the help that those islanders need, we are seeing some signs of improvement, things are getting better on BVI, we've now got to make sure Anguilla gets the help it needs.feedback

Sep 11 2017

We will help just as surely as if the hurricane had struck Inverness or Dover or St Ives.feedback

Sep 09 2017

The UK government is doing everything it possibly can to help those affected by the hurricane.feedback

Sep 08 2017 - NATO

Britain wants a safe and secure world, and as we leave the European Union, we will continue to defend and promote our common interests, as we rise to any challenges we face together.feedback

Sep 08 2017 - NATO

In an increasingly complex world, Britain remains a reassuring presence to its friends, especially those facing continued Russian antagonism in the north of Europe and the Baltic region. Our troop commitment to Estonia is a firm demonstration that Britain will always stand by its allies in the face of outside aggression, and a message to others that the unity that Nato provides and sustains will never be broken.feedback

Sep 08 2017 - Article 50

Article 50 makes it very clear that the discussion about the exit for a country must be taken in the context of a discussion of the future arrangements, and that's what we are going to do.feedback

Sep 08 2017

I think we can all work together to come up with a solution to that one. It is not beyond the wit of man. We have had a common travel area between the north and south of Ireland for getting on for a century. We are going to continue to make that work.feedback

Sep 07 2017

We have staff and a British naval ship ready to help those in need. Brits should follow our travel advice which will be regularly updated.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - North Korea

In her focus on Washington and the pronouncements of Donald Trump, I think it is very, very important not to allow anything to distract this house from the fundamental responsibility of Pyongyang for causing this crisis ... and it is very important we don't allow that to creep into our considerations. I really must disagree powerfully with the assertion this crisis has been whipped up by the Americans or the president or the White House. If you look at the history, this has been a movement towards the acquisition of thermonuclear weapons by a rogue state.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Trump Presidency

The Chinese do have much further to go ... there are ways in which they can tighten the economic ligature.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - Rohingya

Aung San Suu Kyi is rightly regarded as one of the most inspiring figures of our age but the treatment of the Rohingya is alas besmirching the reputation of Burma. She faces huge challenges in modernising her country. I hope she can now use all her remarkable qualities to unite her country, to stop the violence and to end the prejudice that afflicts both Muslims and other communities in Rakhine.feedback

Sep 03 2017 - North Korea

China is responsible for 90 per cent of North Korea's trade and North Korea only has six months of oil supplies left. There is scope to continue to put pressure on the regime.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Brexit

I think she gets it. She really wants to deliver it. I'm here to support her.feedback

Aug 31 2017 - Commonwealth

This is about helping a Commonwealth partner in its time of need as well as addressing the root causes of international challenges.feedback

Aug 25 2017 - Brexit

Some of the sums that I've seen seem to be very high and of course we will meet our obligations. You know we are law-abiding, bill-paying people. We should pay not a penny more, not a penny less of what we think our legal obligations amount to.feedback

Aug 25 2017 - London

We should pay not a penny more, not a penny less of what we think our legal obligations amount to.feedback

Aug 25 2017 - Libya

Unless and until this country has a functioning and unifying government, Libyans will continue to suffer grievously. Without a political solution this country will still be the front line – our front line – in the struggle against illegal migration and terror.feedback

Aug 25 2017 - Libya

In Libya today there are three guns for every human – but there is no single source of law or authority, let alone power. There are two central banks, two rival parliaments, three prime ministers and up to four governments. And, of course, there are umpteen militias vying with the Libyan National Army for control of the vast and lawless beige spaces on the map. And in those lawless territories we are seeing the breeding-grounds of terrorists and people smugglers – the criminals whose activities have had such an impact on western Europe.feedback

Aug 25 2017

We have had an election since I last saw you [in May]. It went more or less to plan. Well, not entirely to plan. It is a bit of a lesson, which is that, if you are going to have elections, you have got to get ready.feedback

Aug 25 2017 - Brexit

He makes a very valid point and I think that the sums that I have seen that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be extortionate and I think 'to go whistle' is an entirely appropriate expression.feedback

Aug 25 2017 - Brexit

We will certainly have to meet our obligations. Some of the sums that I've seen seemed to be very high and, of course, we will meet our obligations. We are law-abiding, bill-paying people. The UK has contributed hundreds of billions over the years. I think I was being asked then about some very large sums of money, I think 100bn euros or pounds, that the EU commission suggested we were on the hook for. That's not a figure I recognise. I'm sure that your words will have broken like a thunderclap over Brussels and they will pay attention to what you have said.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - London

Labour has no vision for London and no ambition. The Garden Bridge was a beautiful project and could have been easily financed.feedback

Aug 14 2017 - Brexit

Leaving Europe will be a catastrophe/ Overnight we'll bugger the economy.feedback

Jul 31 2017 - Sanctions

Stands on the brink of disaster. The country is turning on itself - more than 100 have died already - and democracy and basic rights are in jeopardy.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - London

My conversation was studded with words like 'bonzer, mate' or 'you little ripper', and on the streets of London in broad daylight I insisted on wearing the same 'Stubbies' daks – shorts of appalling brevity – that I had worn in the bush until my then girlfriend said that it was her or the stubbies daks.feedback

Jul 27 2017

But there I go making a characteristic journalistic mistake, getting carried away with the charm and wit and fun of the Foreign Secretary, and not paying enough attention to the substance of the many messages he brings.feedback

Jul 27 2017

You send us Patricia Hewitt, Lynton Crosby and Germaine Greer. We send you Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott. I am not sure how the contest was resolved… My infatuation with Australian dress, manners, vocabulary and general cast of mind was so intense that I had become a kind of unconscious Les Patterson [a coarse character created by Barry Humphries, who also plays Dame Edna Everage] – a self-appointed and unwanted cultural ambassador.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - China

One of the first things we will do with the two new colossal aircraft carriers that we have just built is send them on a freedom of navigation operation to this area.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Immigration

I haven't seen the study you talk of because I've been here in Australia for the last couple of days and travelling for the last week but all I can give you is my own views about the value of immigration and the value of having an open approach to it. I say what I have always said, as a society, the city of London benefited massively from having talent come to our shores. We benefit from a large Australian population; I think we had 400,000 French people living in London when I was mayor. That doesn't mean that you can't control it [and] that's all that I think people want to see.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - China

I certainly support an open and generous regime in favour of our Australian friends being able to come, and our European friends, why not? Provided we control it.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - China

I don't want you to to go out and start scanning the horizons. But they are coming, they are coming. Don't expect them tomorrow.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - China

In a volatile and unpredictable world, it is more important than ever to nurture the friendships that we know best and that matter to us the most and with people we trust the most. If you look at those vessels – you will see that they are not only longer than the entire Palace of Westminster, but I think you will agree they are more persuasive than most of the arguments deployed in the House of Commons.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - British elections 2017

A deal that works for our European friends, for the UK, but also works for New Zealand.feedback

Jul 25 2017

We are getting on with the business of governing, which is overwhelmingly what the British people want to see.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Brexit

People have got a democratic right to feel that their government is in charge of the situation and that was a bit what the whole Brexit thing was about. It wasn't that people were hostile to immigrants, they weren't hostile to people with talents and energy coming to the UK, they just wanted to feel that the British government had a handle on it.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Brexit

I will say this until I'm blue in the face: Brexit is not, was not, will not be about Britain turning away from the world.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Northern Ireland

Let's be clear, the election did not evolve entirely in the way the Government had hoped or would have wanted ... I'm going to put that out. But the Labour Party did not win, they were 50 seats behind. We have a workable system of getting stuff through the House of Commons ... we have a workable majority with our friends from Northern Ireland. It wasn't that people were hostile to immigrants, they weren't hostile to people with talents and energy coming to the UK, they just wanted to feel that the British government had a handle on it.feedback

Jul 25 2017 - Japan

I don't wish in any way to sound complacent but I have been traveling in Japan and the now beautiful New Zealand and any such activities completely passed me by .... no one has sent me news of any such infighting. Our friends and partners around the world can be confident that we are going to get this thing done and done in style.feedback

Jul 25 2017

What the British people want to see is us getting on with the job. They see no need for any more political kerfuffle.feedback

Jul 24 2017

I think it's a beautiful form of introduction, though it might be misinterpreted in a pub in Glasgow.feedback

Jul 20 2017 - China

I now urge [Beijing] to lift all restrictions on his widow, Liu Xia.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - Sanctions

The UK helped push for these sanctions which send a clear signal to the Syrian regime that their barbaric actions have consequences.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - Sanctions

The UK condemns the use of chemical weapons wherever and by whomever they are used and we will continue to work closely with our international partners to hold perpetrators to account. The sixteen individuals sanctioned include military officers and chemical specialists responsible for abhorrent chemical weapons attacks on innocent men, women and children.feedback

Jul 13 2017 - Iran

If the agreement collapses, Iran — not the United States or Britain — would regain the most freedom of action.feedback

Jul 12 2017 - Brexit

I think that the sums that I have seen ... seem to me to be extortionate and I think 'go whistle' is an entirely appropriate expression.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Brexit

There is no plan for no deal because we are going to get a great deal.feedback

Jul 11 2017 - Brexit

I think that the sums that I have seen ... seem to me to be extortionate and I think go whistle is an entirely appropriate expression.feedback

Jul 08 2017 - Qatar

My impression is progress can be made and there is a way forward. But I'm not going to pretend to you now that it is necessarily overnight or this is going to be done in the next couple of days. We think the blockade was unwelcome and we hope there will be a de-escalation.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - North Korea

What they want to see is a long period of stability and calm and progress for the British people that will enable us to start to deliver. What the North Koreans are doing is reckless, it's indefensible, it's in defiance of repeated UN resolutions, it is illegal and it's very important that the world stands together against what they are doing. The country with the most direct economic relationship with North Korea, that is China, has got to continue to put on the pressure. We are seeing some real changes in Beijing's attitude to North Korea and that has got to go further.feedback

Jul 06 2017 - British elections 2017

The thing did not frankly look too brilliant on the morning of June 9th. It looked very difficult. She has put things back together, she has got the show on road, she is delivering a stable government as she said she would ,and we are getting on with it.feedback

Jul 04 2017 - ICBM

This is yet another reminder of the grave danger that North Korea poses to her neighbours, particularly Japan and South Korea, who are our friends and allies. Regardless of the variety of missile launched, any test of this kind breaks UN Security Council resolutions once again.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - Qatar

This is an important step in building confidence between the parties.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - Syria conflict

This confirmation cannot be ignored. The U.K.'s own assessment is that the Assad regime almost certainly carried out this abominable attack. I urge our international partners to unite behind the need to hold those responsible for this atrocity to account.feedback

Jun 30 2017 - China

As we look to the future, Britain hopes that Hong Kong will make more progress toward a fully democratic and accountable system of government.feedback

Jun 29 2017 - China

As we look to the future, Britain hopes that Hong Kong will make more progress toward a fully democratic and accountable system of government. Britain's commitment to Hong Kong – enshrined in the Joint Declaration with China – is just as strong today as it was 20 years ago.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

We have to get on and deliver on the priorities of the people.feedback

Jun 21 2017

We whacked up the living wage. We are doing our best to increase pay all round but you have got to operate within the constraints we have.feedback

Jun 21 2017

The way to do that is to have reform but also have a strong, dynamic economy to help fund these services.feedback

Jun 21 2017

People do want to see a pay rise. We have got to look at pay levels within the context of the overall public sector wage bill.feedback

Jun 21 2017

What I certainly think we can do is get the best of both worlds. We have got to get on and deliver on the priorities of the people.feedback

Jun 21 2017

Well, there are measures, I believe, in the bill on the courts which I think is supposed to address some of those issues. I think one thing in particular that we are looking at is measures to ... hang on a second ... there are all sorts of measures that we want to take to ensure that we do not discriminate against everybody.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Brexit

You have seen it in the way news has reacted over the last year. Ms Biggins' cat run over, Brexit. Your neighbour moves house, Brexit. House prices are up, Brexit. House price down, Brexit.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Brexit

Everything is ascribed to Brexit. There will be bumps in the road and the plaster will come off the ceiling from time to time. And there will be excitable headlines, but we will end up in a very good place.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - Brexit

I think nobody wants to see that and this is what the Prime Minister has said and what everybody I speak to wants is calm, Government getting on and not just delivering Brexit, but all the priorities of the people, that's what we've got to do.feedback

Jun 20 2017 - London

Health and safety fears are making Britain a safe place for extremely stupid people.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

The most important thing now is for us to look to the horizon. Think about the future. Think about the new partnership, the deep and special partnership that we want to build with our friends.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

The most important thing for us is to look to the horizon, raise our eyes to the horizon. In the long run, this will be good for the U.K. and good for the rest of Europe.feedback

Jun 19 2017 - Brexit

Obviously this is the first day of the talks on Brexit and I think the most important thing is we should all start – of course there'll be lots of discussions about the nature of the deal we are going to do – but I think we should also enter on the discussion about money and so forth.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - Youtube

There should be absolutely no safe space for terrorists plotting attacks, radicalising young people and encouraging others to carry out violence in the name of an obscene ideology.feedback

Jun 18 2017 - Syria conflict

We are pushing back Daesh [so-called Islamic State] militarily, but the threat we face is evolving rather than disappearing as they lose ground in Iraq and Syria. The fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - London

Any attack on emergency services performance is outrageous politicking by Labour.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - London

Any attack on emergency services performance is outrageous politicking by Labour. How can cutting fire stations, cutting fire engines, cutting firefighters posts not be a reduction in fire coverage?feedback

Jun 16 2017 - London

As for the record, fires in London went down 50 per cent in my mayoralty. Fire deaths down year after year.London has fastest appliance response times in the country.feedback

Jun 12 2017

Stonking performance by the PM at 1922. One team going forward together for the UK.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Northern Ireland

Without an absolute majority we will now have to coordinate with the DUP. But that is feasible – and before Labour object, someone should remind them they tried to do exactly the same thing in 2010. To those that say the PM should step down, or that we need another election or even – God help us – a second referendum, I say, come off it. Get a grip, everyone.feedback

Jun 12 2017

My judgment is that they are fed up to the back teeth with all this.feedback

Jun 12 2017

To those that say the PM should step down, or that we need another election or even – God help us – a second referendum, I say, come off it. Get a grip, everyone.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - British elections 2017

The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking. Now is the time for delivery – and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Egypt

Qatar is a partner of the UK in the fight against terrorism but they urgently need to do more to address support for extremist groups, building on the steps they have already taken to tackle funding to those groups. I am also concerned by some of the strong actions which Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have taken against an important partner, and urge them to ease the blockade on Qatar. I call on all states to take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation and to find a rapid resolution through mediation.feedback

Jun 12 2017 - Brexit

They are fed up with politics, politicians and the uncertainty and dislocation of the electoral process. They overwhelmingly want us to get on with the job. Yes, of course it is partly about Brexit and we must get that right.feedback

Jun 11 2017

It's a GOVErnment of all the talents. Welcome back to Michael!feedback

Jun 11 2017 - WhatsApp

We must not allow the media to spread mischief not least because the public are fed up to the back teeth of politics and politicians and they certainly DO NOT want another election. We have got to stop the narrative the Corbyn somehow won this thing - he barely did better than Gordon useless Brown when we beat in in 2010. The PM is a woman of extraordinary qualities and frankly the public are looking to us to get behind her with discipline and determination.feedback

Jun 11 2017 - Labour Party

I am backing Theresa May. Let's get on with the job.feedback

Jun 10 2017

Delighted to be reappointed Foreign Secretary. Lots of great work to do for [the] greatest country on earth. Let's get cracking for global Britain.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - British elections 2017

But one this is absolutely clear, I think to all of us who have been elected as MPs tonight across our fantastic country, that is we have got to listen to our constituents and listen to their concerns.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Labour Party

All the stuff Corbyn is talking about is not new, people think it's new, this isn't new. We had this- it was a disaster. Nationalisation- we've done all that- it doesn't work. It's called left wing socialism.feedback

Jun 06 2017

That is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police as the investigation.feedback

Jun 06 2017

People are going to look at the front pages today and they are going to say how on earth have we let this guy, possibly more through the net. What happened, how could he possibly be on a Channel 4 programme and then committing atrocities like this.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - London

People are going to look at the front pages today and they are going to say 'How on earth could we have let this guy, or possibly more, through the net? What happened? How could he possibly be on a Channel 4 programme, then committing atrocities like this? And that is a question that needs to be answered by M15, by the police as the investigation goes on.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - London

I see no reason to rescind it. You have to be kidding me?!feedback

Jun 06 2017

The invitation has been issued and accepted and I see no reason to change that. I don't wish to enter into a row between … individuals who are I think are probably perfectly able to stick up for themselves.feedback

Jun 06 2017

How on earth could we have let this guy or possibly more through the net – what happened?feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Labour Party

The trouble is young people these days – I'm 52 – do not remember nationalisation. They don't remember Soviet communism. They don't even remember socialism. We don't want it back in this country. It would be an absolute disaster.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn [is] at the very best weak and vacillating on terror. He says he's now in favour of shoot-to-kill. He wasn't until the events of the weekend. I do not see how we can trust him with the safety of our country. A guy who pre-emptively informs any power that would threaten to engage in nuclear blackmail that as our prime minister he, Corbyn, would not under any circumstances deploy Trident, so making a making a nonsense of our nuclear deterrent.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Labour Party

For 30 years, [Corbyn] has been soft and muddle-headed on terror. He has been soft and muddle-headed on defence. He has taken the side of just about every adversary this country has had in my lifetime, from the IRA to Hamas, from Soviet communism to [Argentina's] General Galtieri. I don't mean to compare our European friends to any of these people, but it is psychologically impossible to imagine him having the grip or the firmness to get the right Brexit deal for this country.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Labour Party

He is all over the place on our nuclear deterrent. We are spending £31bn on Trident. What's the point of this thing if he wants to send it to sea with no nukes aboard, so the whole country is literally firing blanks? It would be a disaster.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - NATO

We are one of the great nuclear powers of the world. We are the second biggest Nato contributor. We have a huge military presence around the world ... They would be appalled if Britain was suddenly abstracted, taken away, from the defence of Europe and of the world. And that would be the real tragedy, in my view, of a Jeremy Corbyn premiership.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Terrorism

What I can say is that we are not only going to invest in our counterterrorism but we are also looking at – as the prime minister said, as Theresa said on Sunday – we're looking at a range of intensified measures to tackle this hydra-headed problem.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - London

How on earth could we have let this guy or possibly more through the net – what happened? How can he possibly be on a Channel 4 program and then committing atrocities like this, and that is a question that will need to be answered by MI5, by the police as the investigation goes on.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - London

It is up to the mayor of London to if he chooses spend more on policing. That is what we did. We reorganised to keep numbers high.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Terrorism

The invitation has been issued and accepted and I see no reason to change that. I don't wish to enter into a row between those two individuals who are able to stick up for themselves. The mayor of London will know over the eight preceding years when I was mayor, before he became mayor, we kept police numbers high at about 32,000 and crime came down very considerably in that period. And when you look at counter-terrorism we are putting more money into that.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - London

What I will say is that as a former holder of Sadiq's office is that I think he is entirely right to say what he said to reassure the people of his city about the presence of armed officers on the streets and it is entirely right that he should speak as he should.feedback

Jun 06 2017 - Labour Party

Labour "would arrive in Brussels like a family of herbivores at a watering hole of lions... They would be eaten for breakfast.feedback

Jun 05 2017 - Labour Party

We believe it is this country's destiny to engage not just with our friends and partners in the EU but with the whole of the rest of the world – the 93pc of humanity that does not live in the EU, as well as with the EU. If we are to make the most of that opportunity then we need the right economic policies. And it makes me shudder to think that we could seriously be about to elect a Corbyn-led coalition that would impose destructive new taxes on businesses, on homes, on gardens – at the very moment when we could be about to go forward with Global Britain.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Labour Party

I thought it was really spine-chilling to hear Jeremy Corbyn announce that all Labour's support for our nuclear deterrent, all Labour's support for our armed forces, was completely meaningless because when it came to the business of defending this country he wouldn't do it.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Immigration

My question to Andrew Gwynne is does he want immigration to be higher or lower as a result of Brexit?feedback

Jun 02 2017

Come on then you big girl's blouse. Come on then. Come on then. Come on. He wants to join me. My friend Mr Andrew Gwynne has requested a joint appearance and I am not one to try and crowd him out.feedback

Jun 02 2017 - Brexit

There is no point in having a nuclear weapon unless you are willing in principle to deploy it. I'm afraid there is a lesson here about Jeremy Corbyn's psychology and his politics and his naivety, with which he approaches not just the logic of the nuclear deterrent but also the Brexit negotiations.feedback

Jun 01 2017 - Labour Party

You had the most leftwing audience I've ever seen, you had Tim Farron and the Scottish Nationalists supporting [Jeremy] Corbyn, and they would effectively be going into the negotiations in Brussels backing him up, but with a very different view of what they want the outcome of the Brexit talks to be. It was a yammering cacophony of views, many of them leftwing. Even by the BBC's standards … that audience was notably to the left of many people in this country.feedback

May 29 2017 - Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn needs to hit ordinary working families with a bombshell of new taxes to pay for his reckless hard-left giveaways, and this lays bare the price we would all pay. It would wreck our economy, devastate farmers and increase the cost of food on the shelves.feedback

May 26 2017

If the world community can unite, I think, in the way that the people of Manchester have come together and united, then I think together we can prevail and will prevail.feedback

May 26 2017 - Egypt

I think that the people of Manchester are showing the way for the world and we've seen again today what's happened to innocent people in Egypt as a result of this challenge that we all face, this affliction that we all face together. Around the world you will find the US and the UK facing the same problems together and defending our ideals together – we defend democracy and the rule of law, our values and our freedoms – not just because they are ours but because they are universal.feedback

May 21 2017

This is necessary ... we have to do something about the huge costs of social care. I do understand people's reservations and the questions that some people are asking about the detail of all this, but the broad thrust is right.feedback

May 21 2017 - British elections 2017

It is. It is. Theresa May, she said it at the launch of the manifesto … She said we are going to take back control.feedback

May 21 2017

They are going to look at him and have him for breakfast. It think it will be deeply damaging to the interests of this country.feedback

May 21 2017 - Immigration

We are at a critical phase in the history of this country. We have to get Brexit right. I am genuinely alarmed by the idea that it could be handled in just 11 days after the election by Jeremy Corbyn. I do not for the life of me understand how he is supposed to go and sit at that table in Brussels on day one of the talks when he hasn't got a clue whether he wants to stay in the single market or the customs union and he has a completely unintelligible position on immigration.feedback

May 17 2017

One lady expressed her views based on a personal situation, but the other 30 attendees warmly welcomed his remarks. He said he was sorry to hear of her personal story, that was all. There was no gaffe … The temple regulars loved him being there.feedback

May 15 2017 - China

Cyber-security is a huge issue for all of us in all our countries. It's not specifically on the agenda today, but a huge amount of work goes on between the UK Government and all our friends and partners around Europe, and indeed in the United States, where they are now stepping up their precautions against cyber attacks of these kinds.feedback

May 13 2017

That's the heart of our economic prospectus. We will remain committed to that absolutely. But I also think it is reasonable as a party to think about those who have felt left behind, to think about those who have felt forgotten, and the biggest failure has been to make sure they are properly housed, to create conditions where they can have enough new homes, that has got to be at the heart of what we want to achieve.feedback

May 13 2017

The core of what we believe in is that it's only by having a dynamic and competitive economy with strong incentives for enterprise, strong incentives for wealth creation, strong incentives for investment that you will have the tax base to pay for great public services and great infrastructure.feedback

May 13 2017

Sajid Javid has very ambitious plans to build millions of new homes and that has got to be done, but that doesn't mean that we can't simultaneously be a party that rewards thrift and enterprise and self-help, those are core Conservative beliefs. What we want now is a mandate to build many more houses on brownfield sites and it can be done.feedback

May 13 2017 - Russia

Clearly we think that is what he did in America, it's blatantly obvious that's what he did in France [where incoming president Emmanuel Macron's emails were hacked], in the western Balkans he is up to all sorts of sordid enterprises, so we have to be vigilant. They are going to try to bleed this country white with their bill.feedback

May 12 2017 - Labour Party

He approaches all this from the position of a classic left wing politician which is all very well in opposition but you simply can't do that in government.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Syria conflict

If the Americans were once again to be forced by the actions of the Assad regime ... and they ask us to help it would be very difficult to say no.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Nuclear weapons

If the United States has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack, and if they come to us and ask for our support whether it is with submarine cruise missiles in the Med or whatever it happens to be. In my view, and I know this is also the view of the prime minister, it would be very difficult for us to say no.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Chemical weapons

If the US has a proposal to have some sort of action in response to a chemical weapons attack and if they come to us and ask for our support, whether it's with submarine-based cruise missiles in the (Mediterranean), or whatever it happens to be, it would be in my view, and I know this is also the view of the Prime Minister, very difficult for us to say no. I think that needs to be tested. As I said I think it would be very difficult for us to say no. How exactly we were able to implement that would be for the Government, the Prime Minister.feedback

Apr 27 2017

Across Europe, people started to mutter about the lessons of history, and revanchism.feedback

Apr 27 2017

The only thing we got wrong was that we were too punctilious.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Egypt

We have a crisis in Yemen that is intractable and a burgeoning crisis on Egypt, and those are to my mind far more important than any obiter dicta you may have disinterred from 30 years of journalism.feedback

Apr 27 2017

They are a void within a vacuum surrounded by a vast inanition. It looks like a gigantic cocktail stick that's emerging through the integuments of a super-colossal pickled onion.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Syria conflict

I've explained that figure many many times, and it is correct. The £350m expresses the total that we do not control every week. When we take back control it will be possible for the government of the day to use that cash on the priorities of this country, which could include the NHS.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Syria conflict

For me the important thing is that it is the UK government that decides. The numbers are high at the moment. The higher education economy is of immense value to the UK. Of all the kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers in the world, one in seven was educated at university in this country. So I value international students. I'm in favour of talented people including students being able to come here. But I'm also in favour of us, as a country, being able to decide our own priorities.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Labour Party

Where is Corbyn on any of these issues? Corbyn's approach would be a recipe for paralysis and uncertainty – and for Britain to get totally stiffed in the negotiations. There can be no more important task for a government than to keep people safe, and we must be prepared to do everything necessary to do so.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Labour Party

Well, they say to themselves: he may be a mutton-headed old mugwump, but he is probably harmless. Have you felt a pang of sympathy for his plight? If so, fight it.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Labour Party

They say to themselves: he may be a mutton-headed old mugwump, but he is probably harmless.feedback

Apr 26 2017 - Brexit

I was amazed, when walking the backstreets of Uxbridge, to find a little company that makes the wooden display counters that are used to sell the duty-free Toblerones in every Saudi Arabian airport. If we can crack markets like that, think what we can do when we have free trade deals with America, where they still have a ban on British haggis. Think of our potential whisky sales to India if only we could negotiate a cut in their duty of 150% on Scotch.feedback

Apr 15 2017 - Chemical weapons

Assad uses chemical weapons because they are not only horrible and indiscriminate. They are also terrifying. In that sense he is himself an arch-terrorist, who has caused such an unquenchable thirst for revenge that he can never hope to govern his population again. He is literally and metaphorically toxic, and it is time Russia awoke to that fact. They still have time to be on the right side of the argument. British scientists have analysed samples from the victims of the attack. These have tested positive for sarin or a Sarin-like substance.feedback

Apr 15 2017 - Syria conflict

Which means that we should instead focus relentlessly on the reality of what Assad has done: killed innocents with a banned and abominable weapon.feedback

Apr 15 2017 - Syria conflict

America has struck and could of course strike again. That alone creates an ambiguity that should prey on the guilty minds of Damascus.feedback

Apr 15 2017 - Syria conflict

The Russians saved him. The Russians can help remove him, through a carefully supervised transition process that preserves key institutions of state – and usher in a stable and pluralist future for the country. We all know that we are a very long day's march from any large-scale deployment, any major western engagement in Syria. The lessons of the 2003 invasion of Iraq are painful, and they understandably affect politicians and public on both sides of the Atlantic.feedback

Apr 15 2017 - Chemical weapons

The UK, the US and all our key allies are of one mind: we believe that this was highly likely to be an attack by Assad, on his own people, using poison gas weapons that were banned almost 100 years ago, under the 1925 Geneva protocol. In exchange they should commit to produce a real ceasefire, to end the use of chemical weapons and barrel bombs, and to bring about a political settlement that relieves the Syrians of the tyranny of Assad.feedback

Apr 13 2017 - Chemical weapons

I am dismayed that Russia has once again blocked the UN Security Council and in so doing refused to condemn the use of chemical weapons or support a full UN investigation into the attack. This puts Russia on the wrong side of the argument. But it doesn't have to be this way. Russia faces a choice: it can continue acting as a lifeline for Assad's murderous regime, or it could live up to its responsibilities as a global power, and use its influence over the regime to bring six long years of failed ceasefires and false dawns to an end.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

Today, Rex Tillerson has been in Moscow with a clear and unanimous message from the G7 that we stand ready to work with Russia to bring an end to violence and to find a political solution. As part of this political solution, the G7 is unanimous that Assad has no long-term future in Syria. I agree with Rex Tillerson when he says that the Assad family's reign in Syria is coming to an end. We stand ready to work together and I will be talking to my G7 partners in the coming days about how we can continue to strive for a political solution that brings an end to the suffering of the Syrian people.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

This afternoon in New York, the international community sought to make clear that any use of chemical weapons by anyone anywhere is unacceptable and that those responsible will face consequences. So I am dismayed that Russia has once again blocked the UN security council and in so doing refused to condemn the use of chemical weapons or support a full UN investigation into the attack. This puts Russia on the wrong side of the argument. But it doesn't have to be this way.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

Many French people think the time has come to do a deal with their new friends the Russians – and I think that they are broadly right. Does that mean it is morally impossible to work with him? I am not so sure. We need to focus on what we are trying to achieve. Our aims – at least, our stated aims – are to degrade and ultimately to destroy Isil [another name for Isis] as a force in Syria and Iraq. That is what it is all about.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Russia

Who else is there? The answer is obvious. There is Assad, and his army; and the recent signs are that they are making some progress. Thanks at least partly to Russian airstrikes, it looks as if the regime is taking back large parts of Homs. Al-Qaida-affiliated militants are withdrawing from some districts of the city. Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. It is just not true that whatever is good for Putin must automatically be bad for the west. We both have a clear and concrete objective – to remove the threat from Isil. Everything else is secondary.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Russia

No option is in principle off the table, but be in no doubt that these so-called military options are extremely difficult and there is, to put it mildly, a lack of political appetite in most European capitals and certainly in the west for that kind of solution at present. So we've got to work with the tools we have – the tools we have are diplomatic. I think the most powerful weapon we have at the moment is our ability to make President Putin and the Russians feel the consequences of what they are doing.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Syria conflict

But we are open-minded about how that happens and the timescale on which that happens. I have to be realistic about how the landscape has changed, and it may be that we will have to think afresh about how we handle this. The old policy, I am afraid to say, does not command much confidence.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Sanctions

After that, if of course we can find people, whether they are Syrians or whether they are Russians associated with the Syrian military operation, it is in my view wholly appropriate that they should face economic sanctions or sanctions of some other kind.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - US, Russia relations

This was something that was sprung on a whim with no preparatory work. It was not particularly surprising that Germany voted it down because of the sensitivities over their energy supply from Russia. They would have cut off their own power. The lack of preparation has come back and bitten us.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Syria conflict

The message we are sending to the Russians is very, very clear: Do they want to stick with a toxic regime, do they want to be eternally associated with a guy who gases his own people or do they want to work with the Americans and the rest of the G-7 and indeed many other countries for a new future for Syria.feedback

Apr 11 2017 - Syria conflict

I think it's very important that in these circumstances for the world to present a united front and for that there to be absolutely no ambiguity about the message and the message we are sending to the Russians is very, very clear: Do they want to stick with a toxic regime, do they want to be eternally associated with a guy who gases his own people or do they want to work with the Americans and the rest of the G-7 and indeed many other countries for a new future for Syria.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Russia

Crucially, they could do so again.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Sanctions

We will be discussing the possibility of further sanctions certainly on some of the Syrian military figures and indeed on some of the Russian military figures who have been involved in coordinating the Syrian military efforts.feedback

Apr 10 2017

It is the Americans who have changed the game by using those cruise missiles.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Sanctions

I think the Russians need a way out and a way forward.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Chemical weapons

There is overwhelming support in what the U.S. did, signaling that we will not tolerate the barbaric use of chemical weapons.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Syria conflict

My priority is now to continue contact with the U.S. and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated international support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Syria conflict

Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally. My priority is now to continue contact with the US and others in the run-up to the G7 meeting on 10-11 April - to build coordinated international support for a ceasefire on the ground and an intensified political process.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Syria conflict

Developments in Syria have changed the situation fundamentally.feedback

Apr 06 2017

Work is now going on in New York on the exact language (of the resolution) and I think we should have no hesitation in forcing it to a vote.feedback

Apr 06 2017 - United Nations

He "cannot understand how anybody on the U.N. Security Council could fail to sign up to a motion condemning the actions of the regime that is almost certainly responsible for that crime.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Syria conflict

We are living today with the consequences, and I'm afraid the people of Syria are living today with the consequences, of that decision. Assad "is responsible for the vast majority of that butcher's bill, and you have to go back a long way in history to find a tyrant who has stayed in office in such circumstances.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Syria conflict

This is a barbaric regime that has made it impossible for us to imagine them continuing to be an authority over the people of Syria after this conflict is over.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Chemical weapons

Bombing your own civilians with chemical weapons is unquestionably a war crime, and they must be held to account.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Chemical weapons

I hope absolutely everyone feels able to support it, because all we are saying is that there should be condemnation of that chemical weapons attack, and secondly that there should be a thorough and urgent international investigation. And I don't think anybody could possibly, reasonably oppose such a resolution in all conscience.feedback

Apr 05 2017 - Syria conflict

Objectively I simply don't see how Bashar al-Assad can remain in charge after what he has already done. Of the 400,000 who are estimated to have been killed in Syria, he is responsible for the vast majority of that butcher's bill. And you have to go a long way back in history to find a tyrant who has stayed in office given such circumstances.feedback

Apr 04 2017

It is possible to do a deal that is win-win. I don't want to be unduly pessimistic. I think we can get a deal. But if you ask me 'If we don't get a deal would the UK survive?' I think we would more than survive.feedback

Apr 04 2017

It is vital that the international community continues to support the Syrian people.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Saint Petersburg metro explosion 2017

Obviously we don't yet know exactly what is behind this or who is responsible for this outrage, but clearly our thoughts are very much today with the families of the victims and with the people of St Petersburg just as a few days ago they were with the people of London.feedback

Apr 03 2017 - Gibraltar

The sovereignty of Gibraltar is unchanged and is not going to change, and cannot conceivably change, without the express support and consent of the people of Gibraltar and the United Kingdom.feedback

Apr 02 2017 - Gibraltar

As the Prime Minister herself said earlier this week, we are clear that Gibraltar is covered by our exit negotiations, and we have committed to involving Gibraltar fully in the work that we are doing.feedback

Apr 02 2017

I think we have illustrious precedent in this matter: I think you can recall the 1984 Fontainebleau summit in which Mrs Thatcher said she wanted her money back and I think that is exactly what we will get.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Gibraltar

The UK Government can be counted on to stick up for those interests - for instance in insurance and maritime services - which create jobs not just in Gibraltar but in the wider region of southern Spain.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Gibraltar

So let us go into these discussions with goodwill and optimism and get a deal that is good for the UK, good for Spain, and good for the people of Gibraltar.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Gibraltar

Gibraltar is not for sale. Gibraltar cannot be traded. Gibraltar will not be bargained away. The policy of the Government remains fixed and firm. The sovereignty of Gibraltar cannot be changed without the express consent of the UK and the people of Gibraltar. The status of Gibraltar has been unchanged since 1713. It made no difference when the UK joined the Common Market in 1973 and when Spain was not yet a member. It should make no difference today.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Gibraltar

As ever, the U.K. remains implacable and rock-like in our support for Gibraltar.feedback

Mar 31 2017

We really are moving forward now. There's a lot of good will, willingness to achieve what the prime minister has said she wants to achieve.feedback

Mar 31 2017 - Syria conflict

For the long term good of the Syrian people there must be a transition away from the Assad regime, which has dealt so much death and destruction to the people of Syria.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Labour Party

They are now basically captured by the old Livingstonian mafia, the machine, the London Labour Party- that's who's running the Labour Party now. That's what the Corbynistas are.feedback

Mar 30 2017 - Israel

The reality is that they have some pretty tough views about Israel and if you listen to some of the things that are being said about Israel and what should happen to Israel, in my view, it shades into anti-Semitism.feedback

Mar 28 2017

Let us leave and then the Conservative Party at the next election needs to say, we can reduce the cost on business and on individuals by reducing regulations which will improve our competitiveness, our productivity and therefore ultimately our economy.feedback

Mar 24 2017 - Extremism

I do think the responsibility for this most lies with the internet providers, with those that are responsible for great social media companies. They have got to look at the stuff that is going up on their sites. They have got to take steps to invigilate it and to take it down where they can.feedback

Mar 23 2017 - Somalia

We cannot forget that the last time Somalia was blighted by starvation, in 2011, no fewer than 260,000 people died. The crisis also risks undermining the hard-won political and security progress that has been made.feedback

Mar 15 2017

We are on the verge of an utter catastrophe for this country … No one has thought any of this through.feedback

Mar 13 2017

I believe that measures such as a new royal yacht, it is one of a number of measures that I am sure this Government will be able to consider. It is my view that it would indeed add greatly to the soft power of this country, a soft power which is already very considerable.feedback

Mar 12 2017

First of all, we have no evidence that the Russians are actually involved in trying to undermine our democratic processes at the moment. But what we do have is plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that. And there is no doubt that they've been up to all sorts of dirty tricks. Bringing down French TV stations, undermining ...you've seen what happened in the United States where there's no question at all that they were involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Convention.feedback

Mar 12 2017

You've seen what's happened in Montenegro where there was an attempted coup in a European state and possibly even an attempted assassination of the leader of that state. Now there's very little doubt that the Russians are behind these things.feedback

Mar 12 2017

I don't think that the consequences of no deal are by any means as apocalyptic as some people like to pretend, and actually what we have seen in the budget from Philip Hammond last week are preparations for Britain over the next few years.feedback

Mar 12 2017

You have got to look at the full package that self-employed people are getting, and we will come back to that later in the year. We don't go into conversations that we have in cabinet, certainly not conversations before a budget.feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

There is no doubt that they have been up to all sorts of dirty tricks – bringing down French TV stations; you have seen what happened in the United States where there is no question at all they were involved in the hacking of the Democratic National Convention. You have seen what happened in Montenegro, where there was an attempted coup in a European state and possibly even an attempted assassination of the leader of that state. There is very little doubt that the Russians are behind these things, to say nothing of what they have done in Ukraine.feedback

Mar 12 2017

We have no evidence the Russians are actually involved in trying to undermine our democratic processes at the moment. We don't actually have that evidence. But what we do have is plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that.feedback

Mar 12 2017

I think that's excessively pessimistic of that otherwise distinguished committee. I think we've got every prospect of doing a very good deal between now and the end of the negotiating period in 2019. But the third thing, which I don't think people recognise, is that our partners and friends around the EU desperately want this thing to work. They don't want more misery, they don't want to fall out with the UK. I think that actually, as it happens, we would be perfectly OK if we weren't able to get an agreement, but I'm sure that we will, for the reasons that I gave.feedback

Mar 12 2017

I don't think that the consequences of no deal are by any means as apocalyptic as some people like to protest, and actually what we have seen in the Budget from Philip Hammond last week are preparations for Britain over the next few years.feedback

Mar 12 2017

It think that's excessively pessimistic of that otherwise distinguished committee. I think we have got every prospect of doing a very good deal between now and the end of the negotiating period in 2019.feedback

Mar 09 2017

I think we have illustrious precedent in this matter: I think you can recall the 1984 Fontainebleau summit in which Mrs Thatcher said she wanted her money back and I think that is exactly what we will get. It is not reasonable, I don't think, for the UK having left the EU to continue to make vast budget payments. I think everybody understands that and that's the reality.feedback

Mar 06 2017

Russia has to be engaged on a twin-track basis. Let's be very clear, Russia is up to all sorts of no good. They've got to change. They've got to show that they can be trusted again.feedback

Mar 06 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

I think it's very important to understand that Russia has to be engaged on a twin-track basis. They are, I'm afraid, engaged in cyber-warfare, they're engaged in undermining countries in the western Balkans – you saw what happened in Montenegro – to say nothing of Russia's actions in Ukraine which are as everybody knows completely unacceptable. So point number one is to get that message across to the Russians. They've got to change, they've got to show that they can be trusted again and that I think that is very important.feedback

Mar 06 2017

But it's also important to stress that we are not in a new cold war with Russia. Neither in the UK, nor [from] our friends in the rest of the EU, nor in Washington, is there any appetite for a new cold war.feedback

Feb 17 2017

I urge the British people to rise up and turn off the TV the next time Blair comes on.feedback

Feb 16 2017

Are we still being recorded?feedback

Feb 08 2017 - Somalia

This is a crucial opportunity to accelerate progress and agree priorities that will help secure a brighter future for Somalia and its people.feedback

Feb 06 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

There is no case for relaxation of the sanctions (and) every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.feedback

Feb 06 2017 - Ukraine Crisis

The U.K. will be insisting that there is no case for the relaxation of the sanctions, every case for keeping up the pressure on Russia.feedback

Jan 30 2017

This is of course a highly controversial policy which has caused unease and I repeat this is not an approach that this government would take. But let me conclude by reminding the house of the vital importance of this country's alliance with the United States.feedback

Jan 29 2017

Divisive and wrong to stigmatise because of nationality.feedback

Jan 20 2017 - Burma

Burma's transition to democracy is not yet complete but it is worth reflecting on just how far Burma has come since Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party took office just nine months ago.feedback

Jan 20 2017 - Burma

The UK, as a longstanding and long term friend to Burma, will continue to offer its fullest support. I look forward to seeing Burma continue to develop into a country where there is peace and prosperity for all its people.feedback

Jan 19 2017 - French election 2017

If Monsieur Hollande wants to administer punishment beatings to anybody who chooses to escape, rather in the manner of some sort of World War Two movie, then, you know, I don't think that, that is the way forward. I think, actually, it's not in the interests of our friends and partners.feedback

Jan 18 2017

The time is fast upon us when we need to turbocharge the relationship in the form of a new trade deal. We can't do it now but we can sketch it out on the back of an envelope.feedback

Jan 18 2017

They fear that they may be the first generation not to be overtaken in prosperity by their children. I don't think these people should be patronized or dismissed.feedback

Jan 18 2017