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I was the future once.
I'm beginning to admire his tenacity. Keep going it's only a flesh wound.
Sadly I can't take Larry with me, he belongs to the house and the staff love him very much, as do I.
It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve our country as prime minister over these last six years, and to serve as leader of my party for almost 11 years. It's not been an easy journey, and of course we have not got every decision right, but I do believe that today our country is much stronger.
Nothing is really impossible if you put your mind to it. After all, as I once said, I was the future once.
I will miss the roar of the crowd. I will miss the barbs from the opposition.
Other than one meeting this afternoon with Her Majesty the Queen, the diary for the rest of my day is remarkably light.
It had been "a privilege to serve the country I love.
Boeing and the Government intend to work together to build a new 100-million-pound ($129 million) P-8A operational support and training base at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland, creating more than 100 new jobs.
Taking the country to war should always be a last resort and should only be done if all credible alternatives have been exhausted.
It might be in my party's interests for him to sit there; it is not in the national interest. For heaven's sake, man, go!
In many ways, there is a link between the current events we're discussing and what happened 100 years ago. It's the importance of keeping peace and security and stability on our continent. We're going to be standing together and remembering the sacrifices all those years ago.
There's no doubt in my mind these are going to be difficult economic times.
This is a sad night for me. I threw myself in, head, heart and soul. And I didn't succeed.
We will not stand for hate crime or attacks of this kind. They must be stamped out.
While we're leaving the European Union we mustn't be turning our backs on Europe. These countries are our neighbours, our friends, our allies, our partners and I very much hope we'll seek the closest possible relationship in terms of trade and cooperation and security because that is good for us and that is good for them.
Let's remember these people have come here and made a wonderful contribution to our country. We will not stand for hate crime or these kinds of attacks. They must be stamped out.
These countries are our neighbors, our friends, our allies, our partners. I very much hope we'll seek the closest possible relationship in terms of trade and cooperation and security, because that is good for us and good for them.
It was not the result I wanted, nor the outcome I believe was best for the country I love but there can be no doubt about the result. Of course, I don't take back what I said about the risks. It is going to be difficult. We've already seen that there are going to be adjustments within our economy, complex constitutional issues and challenging new negotiation to undertake with Europe.
Britain is ready to confront what the future holds from a position of strength.
But, I am clear and the cabinet agreed this morning, that the decision must be accepted and the process of implementing the decision in the best possible way must now begin.
He had spoken with Merkel and French President Francois Hollande. We have discussed the need to prepare for the negotiations and in particular the fact that the British government will not be triggering Article 50 at this stage.
I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.
A new prime minister should be in place by a party conference in October.
He would resign by October and left it to his successor to decide when to invoke Article 50, which triggers a departure from the European Union. I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination.
The U.K. is the second-largest economy and one of its most populated states – there's a lot to negotiate.
The British people have made the very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction. I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.
Quitting Europe is a risk to your family's future because a vote to leave on Thursday means there is no going back on Friday.
Do think about the hopes and dreams of your children and grandchildren. They can't undo the decision we take. If we vote out, that's it. It's irreversible.
Not everyone has been happy with what I have done. But of this I am convinced ... Britain is better off inside the EU than out on our own.
Jo Cox was a voice of compassion whose irrepressible spirit and boundless energy lit up the lives of all who knew her, and saved the lives of many she never, ever met.
There is no turning back if we leave.
As I've said, we'll only do a deal if we get what Britain needs.
Is it worth arguing asking the question: who would be happy if we left? Putin might be happy.
We face an existential choice on Thursday. So ask yourself: have I really heard anything – anything at all – to convince me that leaving would be the best thing for the economic security of my family?
Will I carry on as prime minister? Yes.
Where we see hatred, where we find division, where we see intolerance, we must drive it out of our politics and out of our public life and out of our communities.
This is absolutely tragic and dreadful news. We have lost a great star. She was a great campaigning MP with huge compassion and a big heart.
I won't go ahead with tonight's rally in Gibraltar.
If we wake up on June 24 and we are in, Britain's authority within the EU will be stronger.
You would have to start cutting things that people really value, whether it is the money going to the NHS [the state health service] or whether it is support for our pension system, and that could mean reviewing the triple lock.
And here's what really happens if we leave, of course we'd still want to sell into that single market, so we'd still have to meet all the rules and the regulations that Brussels lays down but we won't be at the table, we'll be like a country with our ear and our face pressed up against the glass trying to find out what's happening with the other 27 countries making rules that affect our country.
Britain is a fighter not quitter.
I would say that when we admit frustrations with the European Union, and we sometimes do and I certainly have, that is not a cause of weakness in our campaign, it is a cause of strength in our campaign because we are levelling with people.
This poll confirms the overwhelming view of economists – leaving the EU would damage our economy, costing jobs and increasing prices.
A referendum is based on a simple majority. I want to get as many votes as I can for the case of staying in a reformed European Union but I am not going to try and make any forecasts.
We have just got to stick at it and do everything we can to try to bring this to a successful conclusion. As I have always said, there are no guarantees, we can't guarantee this is going to work but we are doing everything we can.
We continue to work towards trying to get a good outcome for Tata in south Wales, the sales process is under way, there has been an encouraging number of serious offers coming through.
The shock to our economy after leaving Europe would tip the country into recession. This could be for the first time in history a recession brought on ourselves.
I don't know. American presidential candidates have made a habit of coming through Europe and through the U.K., and if that happens I'd be very happy to.
Corruption is the cancer at the heart of so many problems we need to tackle in our world.
Everything has to be open. There are no sort of closed-door sessions. Everything has to be in front of the press. It's going to be...It could be quite interesting.
Knowing the grueling nature of the primaries and what you have to go through, anyone who makes it through that extraordinary contest to lead their party into a general election deserves our respect.
I don't sit here and say the EU is perfect, it's an organisation which needs reform. I think my changes have created some very worthwhile reforms and on the basis of a hard headed calculation of what's best for the country, whether it is being stronger economically, whether it's being able to get things done in the world, whether it's keeping ourselves safe against terrorists – I have no hesitation as prime minister and I've been doing this job for six years, to say we are better off voting to remain in.
Japanese firms see Britain as the gateway to Europe.
Shakespeare's genius had captivated and changed the world. His words about this nation 'this precious stone set in the silver sea' remain as potent as the day he wrote them.
Now is the time to stay true to those values and to stick with our allies in Europe and around the world.
The US is one of our closest allies. So it's important to hear Barack Obama on why we should remain in the EU.
In this modern Elizabethan era in which so much around her has changed, Her Majesty has been steadfast, a rock of strength for our nation, for our commonwealth and on so many occasions for the whole world. She is our queen and we could not be more proud of her. Happy birthday, Your Majesty and long may you continue to reign over us all.
For the first time, UK police and law enforcement will be able to see exactly who really owns and controls every company incorporated in these territories. Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Isle of Man, Jersey, the lot.
It is right to tighten the law and change the culture around investment to further outlaw tax evasion and discourage aggressive tax avoidance. But as we do so, we should differentiate between schemes designed to artificially reduce tax and those that are encouraging investment.
Well, it's not been a great week. I know that I should have handled this better, I could have handled this better. I know there are lessons to learn and I will learn them.
Samantha (his wife) and I had a joint account and we owned five thousand units in Blairmore Investment Trust, which we sold in January 2010. That was worth something like 30,000 pounds.
It has been a difficult few days, reading criticisms of my father and his business practices – my dad, a man I love and admire and miss every day.
I paid income tax on the dividends. There was a profit on it but it was less than the capital gains tax allowance so I didn't pay capital gains tax. But it was subject to all the UK taxes in all the normal way. So I want to be as clear as I can about the past, present and future. Because frankly I don't have anything to hide.
Samantha and I have a joint account. We owned 5000 units in Blairmore Investment Trust, which we sold in January 2010. That was worth something like £30,000. I paid income tax on the dividend.
We're not ruling anything out, (but) I don't believe nationalisation is the right answer.
We obviously have still got information coming in and if there is information that implies there is a direct threat to the United Kingdom, we would raise the security threat even higher than it is today.
They could just as well have been attacks in Britain or in France or Germany or elsewhere in Europe and we need to stand together against these appalling terrorists and make sure they can never win.
I will be chairing a COBRA meeting on the events in Brussels later this morning.
The Hinkley Point project was a "pillar in the two countries' bilateral relationship" and a key element of UK energy policy.
The money will go towards efforts to move people from the camps in Calais to facilities elsewhere in France.
We will be safer, we will be stronger, and we will be better off inside the EU.
So were are going to get back in there, we are going to do some more work, and I will do everything I can.
If we can get a good deal, I'll take that deal, but I will not take a deal that does not meet what we need. I think it's much more important to get this right than to do anything in a rush.
The fact that they (drinks companies) lost in Mexico was pretty staggering.
The international union is backing them with the resources which will allow them to ensure there is no lost generation.
I said I wanted a red card system for national parliaments to block legislation, people said you wouldn't get that, it is there in the document.
On welfare, the commission have tabled a text making clear that the UK's current circumstances meet the criteria for triggering the emergency brake.
We don't want a 'something for nothing society'. That's what we are determined to deliver. We made some progress today, it is not enough. It's going to be hard work.
I think we should be focusing on the positive opportunity for Britain. Imagine the scale of the prize if we can remain a member of the single market five hundred million consumers, a quarter of the global economy with a seat at the table and a say over the rules.
Someone can move to here with very basic English and there's no requirement to improve it over time. We will change that. We will now say: if you don't improve your fluency, that could affect your ability to stay in the UK.
Good luck to @astro_timpeake on today's space walk. The country will be watching you make history.
I grew up listening to and watching the pop genius David Bowie. He was a master of re-invention, who kept getting it right. A huge loss.
We are not parasites.
I'm confident with goodwill - and there is goodwill I think on all sides - we can bring these negotiations to a conclusion and then hold the referendum.
We want to see stability in the Middle East. We want to see good relations between the different countries of the Middle East, not least because that will be absolutely essential for solving the crisis that we have in Syria which is the source of so many of these problems.
Well, we're spending more in this parliament than the last one and in the last parliament we spent more than the one before that. But of course after any of these events we should look at what we're planning to build, what we're planning to spend and think well, do we need to do more? We're going to be spending £2.3 billion on flood defences in this parliament but we'll look carefully at what's happened here and see what more can be done.
Well, in York there are two sets of flood defences – the flood defences on the Ouse, which have worked, and then the flood defences on the Foss, which weren't able to work, and that's why there's been the flooding that there has been. But you know, we spent a lot of money on flood defences, we're going to spend even more in the future, and they have protected many thousands of houses from floods. But they don't always do enough.
At this time of year, we all feel huge sympathy for those who have been flooded and have had to leave their homes.
But I believe that 2016 will be the year we achieve something really vital, fundamentally changing the UK's relationship with the EU. And finally addressing the concerns of the British people about our membership.
And I'm confident of that after the discussion we had. But the truth is this: it will be very hard work. Not just hard work on welfare, but actually hard work on all of the issues.
So I will be battling hard for Britain right through the night and I think we will get a good deal.
We both want to see a stronger role for National Parliaments and the acceptance that an ever closer Union is not the aim of all.
Or do we sit back and wait for them to attack us?
The long term solution in Syria – as in Iraq – must ultimately be a government that represents all of its people, the question at the heart of Wednesday's debate was simple.
We should answer the call from our allies, the action we propose is legal, it is necessary and it is the right thing to do to keep our country safe.
There is no military solution to this issue, the action we are taking is part of a broader strategy, a political strategy, a diplomatic strategy, a humanitarian strategy, and in the end, the answer to what is happening in Iraq and in Syria is the same. We need good, strong governments that represent all of their people, Sunni, Shia, Kurd, Christian and Druze.
As the murders on the streets of Paris remind us so starkly, ISIL is not some remote problem thousands of miles away, it is a direct threat to our security at home and abroad.
Not one of these capabilites is an optional extra. We will invest more than a 178 bln pounds in buying and maintaining equipment over the next decade, including doubling our investment in equipment to support our special forces, and we will also increase the size of our deployable armed forces.
I firmly support the action President Hollande has taken to strike ISIL in Syria and it's my firm conviction that Britain should do so too. Of course there will be a decision for parliament to make. Today I offered France the use of RAF Akrotiri for French aircraft engaged in anti-ISIL operations and additional assistance with air-to-air refueling.
We'll make a major additional investment in our world class intelligence agencies.
That's why we continue to encourage the public to remain vigilant and we will do all we can to support our police and intelligence agencies with the resources and the capabilities that they need.
We need to be honest about this…the commitment in the Treaty of an ever-closer union is not a commitment that should apply any longer to Britain. We don't believe in it. We do not subscribe to it. We have a different vision for Europe.
While the investigation is still ongoing, we cannot say categorically why the Russian jet crashed. But as more information has come to light, we have become concerned that the plane may well have been brought down by an explosive device.
I dropped into The Plough at Cadsden for a pint of IPA and some fish and chips with China's President Xi.
My argument, my contention, after five years of doing this job is that you can have both. Indeed you must have both.
He thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a 'tragedy'. No. My friends, we cannot let that man inflict his security-threatening, terrorist-sympathising, Britain-hating ideology on the country we love.
Now we all know what is wrong with the EU. It's got too big, too bossy, too interfering. Believe me, I have no romantic attachment to the European Union and its institutions. I'm only interested in two things: Britain's prosperity and Britain's influence. That is why I'm going to fight in this renegotiation so we can get a better deal with the best of both worlds.
If we are able to change Prime Minister's Questions and to make it a more genuine exercise and answering questions, no one would be more delighted than me.
We were exercising the UK's inherent right to self-defence. There was clear evidence of the individuals in question planning and directing armed attacks against the UK. These were part of a series of actual and foiled attempts to attack the UK and our allies.
Britain will play its part alongside our other European partners. But because we're not part, this is important, of the EU's borderless Schengen agreement or its relocation initiative, Britain is able to decide its own approach.
I think it is hugely important that we remember this anniversary because thousands of people died, thousands of people suffered appalling injuries and torture during this conflict, and it's right that we thank them, it's right that we recognise they suffered for our freedoms.
We are making progress but there is a lot more to do, including better security in the tunnel itself. We will oversee these improvements and they will take place in the coming weeks and days.
I want to see age restrictions put into place or these websites will face being shut down.
Well the situation is not acceptable and it is absolutely this government's priority to deal with it in every way we can, starting with helping the French on their side of the border. We are going to put in more fencing, more resources, more sniffer dog teams, more assistance in any way we can, in terms of resources.
We are working very closely with the French; the Home Secretary met with yesterday with the French Interior Minister; we've invested money in the fencing around Calais, we're also putting fencing around the entrance to the tunnel in Coquelles. We are doing everything we can.
The scale of the opportunity here is immense.
Government needs to start asking searching questions about social housing to promote integration and avoid segregated social housing estates where people living there are from the same, single minority ethnic background.
Areas of cities and towns like Bradford and Oldham continue to be some of the most segregated parts of our country. It's no coincidence that these are some of the places where community relations have historically been most tense, where poisonous far-right and Islamist extremists desperately try to stoke tension and foster division.
There is a danger in some of our communities that you can go your whole life and have little to do with people from other faiths and backgrounds. So, when groups like ISIL seek to rally our young people to their poisonous cause, it can offer them a sense of belonging that they can lack here at home.
It's a day when we recall the incredible resolve and resolution of Londoners and the United Kingdom. A day when we remember the threat that we still face. But above all it's a day when we think about the grace and the dignity of the victims' families, for all they've been through.
Ten years on from the 7/7 London attacks, the threat from terrorism continues to be as real as it is deadly. The murder of 30 innocent Britons whilst holidaying in Tunisia is a brutal reminder of that fact. But we will never be cowed by terrorism.
Here in the UK the threat level remains severe, meaning a terrorist attack is highly likely. But until we've defeated this threat, we must resolve as a country to carry on living our lives alongside it.
We've been looking at whether can put more personnel and indeed sniffer dog teams on that side of the Channel to make a difference and there is also more work being done in terms of installing fencing. We should work with the French very closely, there is no point either side trying to point the finger of blame at each other. This is a strong partnership that we have in place and we should keep it that way.
Britain is a country that doesn't walk on by – we're a country with a conscience and that's right. But we also need to do more to stop people leaving their countries in the first place.
The outcome we want is to to have changes which address concerns that people have and I have set out what those concerns are and as we address those then I think people will then see that it is right for Britain to stay in a reformed European Union.
The European Union is better off with the United Kingdom as a member and I believe that Britain's national interest can best be served by staying in the European Union on the basis of a reformed settlement. That is what we both want to happen, and that is what we will work together in the coming months to achieve.
The truth is it's been too easy to work illegally, and too easy to employ illegal workers here in the UK. So we're going to take a radical step and make illegal working a criminal offence in its own right.
We will deliver that in-out referendum on our future in Europe. As we conduct this vital work, we must ensure that we bring our country together. As I said in the small hours of this morning, we will govern as a party of one nation, one United Kingdom.
Ed Miliband rang me this morning to wish me luck with the new government. It was a typically generous gesture from someone who is clearly in public service for all the right reasons.
He did not own any shares or have offshore funds and that neither he nor his wife and children benefit from offshore funds. I have a salary as prime minister, and I have some savings, which I get some interest from, and I have a house.
So, if you want a more secure Britain, if you want a brighter future for you, for your family, then, together, let us not go back to square one, let us finish want we've begun.
We are taking thousands of people and we will take thousands of people…We keep numbers under review and there's always more we can do, but there isn't a solution that's simply about taking people. It's got to be a comprehensive solution that solves every part of the problem.
Tony Blair says don't trust the people, I say wrong. We should trust the people. We're going to renegotiate our relationship with Europe and then there'll be an in-out referendum by the end of 2017. That's the right thing for Britain.
I made it clear that, post-May 7th, if we find ourselves in the right position the absolutely key issue is the referendum. That doesn't mean it will be the only one.
We are not saying, believe some forecast', we are saying, believe the record of creating a thousand jobs a day,' and if we stick with the plan of keeping taxes low, making Britain an attractive place to invest, go on training the apprentices, build the big infrastructure projects like Crossrail, we can go on creating those jobs.
After five years of effort and sacrifice, Britain is on the right track. This election is about moving forward and as prime minister I will ensure that is what we deliver.
I think the problem with the European Union at the moment is that it's got some good aspects, but too many things that drive people mad.
You know, there's plenty of talent there. I'm surrounded by very good people.
The image of Gandhi we see today is based on a picture of him on the steps of Downing Street in 1931. On that same visit, he also went to see King George the fifth. Arriving bare-chested in his dhoti, and marching ahead with his stick, Gandhi was asked if he felt underdressed. And he replied, The king is dressed for both of us.
If we stay, Britain will be in there, keeping a lid on the budget, protecting our rebate, stripping away unnecessary regulation and seeing through the commitments we've secured in this renegotiation, ensuring that Britain truly can have the best of both worlds.
Mr Speaker, we should be clear that this is not just an issue for our police and border controls. Everyone has a role to play in preventing our young people being radicalised, whether that is schools, colleges, universities, families, religious leaders and local communities.
If you elect me as prime minister in May, I will negotiate to reform the European Union and Britain's relationship within it. This issue of free movement will be a key part of that negotiation. If I succeed I will, as I've said,campaign to keep our country in a reformed European Union. If our concerns fall on deaf ears, and we cannot put our relationship with the EU on a better footing then of course I rule nothing out.
The Scottish parliament is going to have much more responsibility in terms of spending money but it will also have to be accountable for how it raises taxes to fund that spending and I think that is a good thing.
I'm absolutely determined to win this seat back at the next general election, because anything other than a Conservative government will put our recovery at risk and mean Ed Miliband [leader of opposition Labour party] in Downing Street and I'm more determined than ever to make sure that we deliver security for Britain.
As the House knows these include new powers for police at ports to seize passports, to stop suspects from travelling and to stop British nationals returning to the UK unless they do so on our terms.
This was far from inevitable because the bill has been halved, the bill has been delayed, no interest is being paid on the bill and we have changed the rules so this can't happen again and that is very good news.
The European Union has to change, it has to regain trust and that starts by understanding and respecting the fact that these payments and adjustments are about the hard earned taxes of its citizens. This is just one of the many challenges in our long campaign to reform the European Union, but it is vital we stick to the task.
It is not an acceptable way to behave. and this organisation has got to understand that if it behaves in this way….it shouldn't get surprised when it's members say, this can not go on and it has got to change.
The fact that this was a kind, gentle, compassionate and caring man who had simply gone to help others, the fact they could murder him in the way they did shows what we are dealing with, and this is going to be our struggle that with others we must do everything we can to defeat this organisation.
Alan had gone to Syria to help get aid to people of all faiths in their hour of need. We will do all we can to hunt down these murderers and bring them to justice.
Of course, I feel a deep obligation and we've expressed how concerned we are about what is happening in Hong Kong, because, obviously, when we reached the agreement with China there were details of that agreement about the importance of giving the Hong Kong people a democratic future within this two systems approach that we were setting out with the Chinese.
We are one player of a large international coalition. The crucial part of that coalition is that it's led by the Iraqi government, the legitimate government of Iraq, and its security forces. We are there to play our part and to help deal with this appalling terrorist organisation.
Now of course it is absolutely right that we should learn the lessons of the past especially what happened in Iraq a decade ago. But we must not be so frozen with fear that we don't do anything at all. Isolation and withdrawing from a problem like ISIL will only make matters worse.
It should never have been that close. It wasn't in the end, but there was a time in the middle of the campaign when it felt…. I've said I want to find these polling companies and I want to sue them for my stomach ulcers because of what they put me through, you know. It was very nervous.
She purred down the line. I've never heard someone so happy.
Just as Scotland will vote separately in the Scottish parliament on their issues of tax, spending and welfare, so too England, as well as Wales and Northern Ireland should be able to vote on these issues. All this must take place, in tandem with and at the same pace as the settlement for Scotland.
Political leaders on all sides of the debate now bear a heavy responsibility to come together and work constructively … for each and every citizen of our United Kingdom.
Sometimes because it's an election, because it's a ballot I think people can feel it is a bit like a general election, that you make a decision and five years later you can make another decision if you are fed up with the effing Tories, give them a kick and then maybe we'll think again. This is totally different to a general election: This a decision about not the next five years it's a decision about the next century.
Russian troops are illegally in Ukraine. The extremist Islamist threat has risen in a new form in Iraq and Syria. These are just two of the threats that we face. NATO is the anchor of our security and over the next two days we must reinvigorate and refocus this alliance to tackle new threats and to ensure it continues to foster stability around the world.
At the G8 I launched an initiative to try to get other countries to sign up to a very clear doctrine that in the case of of a terrorist kidnap no ransom should be paid. Britain continues with this policy, America continues with this policy. But we need to redouble the efforts to make sure the other countries are good to their word.
We will introduce specific and targeted legislation … providing the police with a temporary power to seize a passport at the border during which time they will be able to investigate the individual concerned.
What we must do is re-double efforts to stop all our people going, to take away the passports of those contemplating travel, to arrest and prosecute those who share in this extremism and violence, to take extremist material off the internet and do everything we can to keep our people safe.
Well there does seem to be some good news and that is that the American-led scouting operation found fewer people on the mountainside than expected. Also we see that the UK aid drops have made a difference and got through to people.
This is an important stand, but it is far from being my last. My colleagues in the European Council know that I am deadly serious about EU reform, that I keep my word. If I say I am not going to back down, I won't. This is going to be a tough fight and frankly sometimes you have to be ready to loose a battle in order to win a war.
This is a bad day for Europe. I believe that by working together we could have found an alternative candidate who is supported, who commanded the support of every member state. And I think it's a serious mistake that other leaders decided to abandon that approach today.
But I would just make this important point of principle, which is that as the democratically-elected leaders of Europe, we should be the ones who choose who should run these institutions, rather than accept some new process, which was never agreed and I think that is important.
We should be clear, this is not just a Nigerian issue, it is a global issue. There are extreme Islamists around our world who are against education, against progress, against equality and we must fight them and take them on wherever they are.
We have an independent judicial system, both here in England and also we do have one in Northern Ireland, and there's been absolutely no political interference in this issue.
…What is important is that we send a very clear message to our NATO partners and allies that we believe in NATO and that we believe in their security. That is why for instance we are helping some of the Baltic states with their defence and their needs. That is what we should be doing and that is what we are very much committed to doing.
Of course Europe is, i think 25% or so reliant on Russian gas. But, if you look at Gazprom's revenues, something like 50 percent comes from Europe. so, Russia needs Europe more than Europe needs Russia!
One of the things we will do at this council is to sign a new agreement with the Ukraine, offering them a prosperous future, access to our markets and real political support!
It is our ambition to make the UK the most digital nation in the G8 and it's my mission to show the world that we are getting there.
I think it [the Wood Review] makes a very strong argument about the United Kingdom – and how the broad shoulders of one of the top ten economies of the world has really got behind this industry and will continue to stay behind this industry, so we get the maximum benefit out of it.
The military are in there, sandbags are being deployed, we've got the biggest pumping in our country's history on the Somerset levels. Everything that can be done will be done to protect people.
We are in it for a long haul.
Well, it is a huge challenge, I mean we have had the wettest start to the year for 250 years and some of the most extreme weather we have seen in our country for decades and you can see just the effect that it has had. We have to recognise it is going to take time before we get things back to normal.
To everyone – in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – everyone like me who cares about the United Kingdom, I want to say this. You don't have a vote, but you do have a voice. Those voting, they are our friends, they are our neighbours, they are our family. You do have an influence. So get on the phone, get together, email, tweet, speak, let the message ring out.
It makes sense for Nation States to co-operate over matters of defence, to keep us all safer, it is all in our interests. But it isn't right for the European Union to have capabilities, armies, air forces and the rest of it. We need that demarcation correct between co-operation, which is right, and EU capabilities which is wrong.
A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time.
The fact that there is so much to celebrate in the new South Africa is not in spite of Mandela and the ANC, it is because of them – and we Conservatives should say so clearly today.
There are some very serious questions that need to be answered. Questions about human rights violations today in Sri Lanka, the fact there are so many people who disappeared, the fact that there aren't proper rules for a free press. But there are also very big questions to be answered about how the long war ended and the appalling scenes that we've seen on television about thousands of innocent civilians being killed at the end of that war.
For years people have been talking about creating an Islamic Bond, or sukuk, outside the Islamic world, but it's never quite happened. Changing that is a question of pragmatism and political will, and here in Britain, we have got both. This government wants Britain to become the first sovereign outside the Islamic world to issue an Islamic bond.
It's irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos, especially without a warning. They must explain their actions to worried parents.
I think what's interesting is that this nuclear power station is not going to be calling on the British taxpayer for money;we are not going to have to divert British taxpayers money away from railways or roads or hospitals or schools. Instead we are attracting foreign investors, French companies, Chinese companies to come and invest in our infrastructure. I think that is a good thing.
As we compete in the tough global race, this underlines the confidence there is in Britain and makes clear that we are very much open for business.
Earlier this month I spoke about our new industrial policy that looks to the future, and about our determination to embrace new technologies and back new industries and energy sources so that they can flourish and help us build a rebalanced economy across the country.
As part of our plan to help Britain succeed, after months of negotiation, today we have a deal for the first nuclear power station in a generation to be built in Britain. This deal means £16bn of investment coming into the country and the creation of 25,000 jobs, which is brilliant news for the South West and for the country as a whole.
I think Parliament spoke very clearly and it's important to respect the view of Parliament, so I am not planning to return to Parliament to ask again about British military action.
It is very clear tonight that while the House has not passed a motion, it is clear to me that the British parliament, reflecting the views of the British people, does not want to see British military action. I get that and the government will act accordingly.
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, he is a man who opposed the action in Iraq, no-one could in any way describe him as a president who wants to involve America in more wars in the Middle East. But he profoundly believes that an important red line has been crossed in an appalling way and that is why he supports action in this case.
I understand people's concerns about getting involved in wars in the Middle East, getting sucked into the situation in Syria. This is not about wars in the Middle East. This is not even about the Syrian conflict. It's about the use of chemical weapons and making sure as a world, (that) we deter their use and we deter the appalling scenes that we've all seen on our television screens.
It is not acceptable, what's been happening to the people of Gibraltar, in terms of the delays and other things that they've faced, and I made that point clear. Of course there is a fishing dispute between Gibraltar and Spain, that needs to be settled, and we agree that should be settled, but it's not right to escalate this in the way that has been done, and I made that very clear to the Spanish Prime Minister. We agreed our foreign ministers would speak, and try to resolve these issues, but I'm very clear that Britain will always stand up for the people of Gibraltar.
Best wishes to them, a very exciting occasion and the whole country is excited with them. Everyone's hoping for the best.
I believe that the Taliban watching all this progress are beginning realise that they are not going to secure a role in Afghanistan's future through terror and violence but by giving up their arms and engaging in a political process. But let me make absolutely clear: this peace process is for Afghanistan to determine.
We're talking about what could be the biggest bilateral trade deal in history, a deal that will have a greater impact than all the other trade deals on the table put together.
Well as I said to President Putin, we had very good discussions in Sochi in Russia recently. And although we have a different perspective on this, I think in the end we all want the same thing, which is a Syria that is at peace with its neighbours, that has a government that can represent its people, and we need a peace conference and a transition to bring that about. And I think it is important that everybody understands that President Assad can't win this by military means. There has to be a transitional process.
My priority is cracking down on tax dodging, let's get that one straight.
We've got to make sure as we set those tax rates that companies pay taxes and that means international collaboration, sharing of tax information. I am making that the headlines of my G8 summit in a month time and it is important that we make sure that the European Union [does] as well.
We will look at every aspect of security. We will look at every aspect of what you can learn from these incidents.
We will never give in to terror or terrorism in any of its forms.
This was not just an attack on Britain and on the British way of life, it was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country.
There's not going to be a referendum tomorrow. Is it in our interests to reform the European Union to make it more open, more competitive, more flexible, and to improve Britain's place within the European Union? Yes, it is in our national interests. And it's not only in our national interest, it is achievable, because Europe has to change.
It's no secret that we've had differing views on how best to handle the situation, but we share fundamental aims to end the conflict, to stop Syria fragmenting, to let the Syrian people choose who governs them and to prevent the growth of violent extremism.
It's no good insulting a political party that people have chosen to vote for.
Do I think that putting boots on the ground in Syria, as we did in Iraq or Afghanistan, is the right thing to do? No I don't, and I don't think we should do it.
This woman is headstrong, obstinate and dangerously self-opinionated.
We can't deny that Margaret Thatcher divided opinion. For many of us, she was and is an inspiration. For others, she was a force to be defined against. But if there is one thing that cuts through all of this, one thing that runs through everything she did, it was her lion-hearted love of this country. She was the patriot prime minister.
We have lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton.
Net migration (to the UK) needs to come down radically from hundreds of thousands a year to just tens of thousands.
I'm the one saying this credit rating does matter, and it demonstrates that we have to go further and faster on reducing the deficit.
The major problem we had was that the credit card limit for the European Union has been too high, it's always been pushed up, there are lots of people who wanted to put it up and at last someone has come along and said this has got to stop, it is time for that credit card limit to come down.
What is required in countries like Mali – just as in countries like Somalia on the other side of Africa – is that a combination of a tough approach on security, aid, politics, settling grievances and problems; an intelligence approach that brings together all the things we need to do with countries in this neighbourhood to help them; to make them safer, but to make us safer too.
It is an African operation in support of the Malian government and we think that the right way to do this is for regionally-led forces to take the lead.
This is not about turning our backs on Europe, quite the opposite. This is about how we make the case for a more competitive, a more open, a more flexible Europe and how we secure the UK's place in it.
What we know is that the terrorist threat in the Sahel comes from al Qaeda in Islamic Magreb. They aspire to establish Islamic law across the Sahel and northern Africa and they also aspire to attack western interests in the region and frankly wherever they can. Just as we have reduced the scale of the al Qaeda threat in other parts of the world, including in Pakistan and Afghanistan, so the threat has grown in other parts of the world.
It is a very dangerous, a very uncertain, a very fluid situation and I think we have to prepare ourselves for the possibility of bad news ahead. Cobra officials here are working around the clock to do everything we can to keep in contact with the families to build a full as possible picture of the information and the inteligence that we have.
They are holding a referendum this year and I hope the president of Argentina will listen to that referendum and recognise it is for the Falkland islanders to choose their future.
I am sure they'll make absolutely brilliant parents and I am sure everybody around the country will be celebrating with them tonight.
For the first time we would have crossed the Rubicon of writing elements of press regulation into the law of the land. We should I believe be wary of any legislation that has the potential to infringe free speech and the free press.
We've got to make sure that their insurance pays out, make sure the Environment Agency puts in place good flood defences, make sure there are better warning schemes. There are always lessons to learn and I wanted to come here and learn them for myself.
From a budget of nearly a trillion euros, it is simply not acceptable to carry on tinkering around the edges…we need to cut unaffordable spending.
These are very important negotiations. Clearly, at a time when we're making very difficult decisions at home over public spending, it would be quite wrong for there to be proposals for this increased spending in the EU. So we're going to be negotiating very hard for a good deal for Britain's taxpayers and for Europe's taxpayers, and [to] keep the British rebate.
…We end the uncertainty, we put beyond doubt Scotland's position, either within the United Kingdom, as I hope, or separating itself from the United Kingdom. One single simple question, that for me was always the key.
This appalling death toll of so many loved ones lost was compounded by an attempt to blame the victims. A narrative about hooliganism on that day was created which led many in the country to accept that somehow it was a grey area. Today's report is black and white. The Liverpool fans were not the cause of the disaster.
We're making sure the impact of these games isn't just for summer, but for good. There's going to be a physical legacy of course, with that stunning Olympic Park put to good use. There'll be an economic legacy with new deals brokered on the back of these games, particularly ahead of Rio 2016. There'll be a volunteering legacy, so that if people want to play a bigger part in a bigger society, then we give them that chance.
France is an essential and valued partner of Britain. Our economies are closely interwoven. French companies employ 180,000 people across the United Kingdom. And we export more to France than to China, India, Japan and Turkey combined.
If the French go ahead with 75 percent top rates of taxes we would roll out the red carpet and welcome more French businesses to Britain and they can pay taxes in Britain and that can pay for our health service and our schools and everything else.
The British people want to see two things: they want to see bankers who acted improperly punished and they want to know we will learn the broader lessons of what happened in this particular scandal.
This committee will be able to take evidence under oath, it will have full access to papers, officials and ministers – including ministers and special advisers from the last government and it will be given, by the government, all of the resources it needs to do its job properly.
This is a scandal, it's extremely serious. They've paid a very large fine and quite rightly but frankly the Barclays management team have some big questions to answer. Who was responsible? Who was going to take responsibility? How are they being held accountable?
When France sets a 75% top income tax we will roll out the red carpet and we will welcome more French businesses who will pay their taxes in Britain. That will pay for our public services and schools.
There will be absolutely no negotiation.
What we are talking about here is the relationships that Conservative politicians and, frankly, Labour politicians have had over the last 20 years with News Corporation, News International and all the rest of it. To be fair to the Liberal Democrats, they didn't have that relationship and their abstention tonight is to make that point. And I understand that, it's politics.
As far as I am concerned, if you commit that sort of offence you should get a very, very tough punishment.
We know that it is necessary for the single currency to deal with this issues, so that it can work properly in the future.
I am delighted that that rescue attempt has been successful. All four hostages are now safely back at the British Embassy in Kabul. None of our soldiers was injured. A number of Taliban and hostage-takers have been killed.
I know it's hard, I know it's difficult but when you've got a debt problem, the one thing you mustn't do is keep adding endlessly to that debt.
We've got to rebalance our economy. We need a bigger private sector. We need more exports. We need more investment. This is painstaking, difficult work. But we will stick with our plan, stick with the low interest rates and do everything we can to boost growth, competitiveness and jobs in our country.
I don't seek to excuse them. I don't see to try to explain them away. There is no complacency at all in this government in dealing with what is a very tough situation that frankly has just got tougher.
I can tell people that the fuel companies are working flat out to resupply petrol stations. It is frustrating for people I know, when petrol stations are closed and when there are queues. But everything that can be done is being done, but it will take some time.
What happened is completely unacceptable. This is not the way we raise money in the Conservative party. I will make sure there is a proper party inquiry to make sure this can't happen again.
I said months ago that we needed to get to grips with the problem of super-cheap alcohol that's fuelling violence on our streets and causing mayhem in our Accident and Emergency units and damaging the health of the country, And I think this minimum unit pricing is a big part of the answer.
Let me be clear this is not about mass tolling and as I have said we are not tolling existing roads it is about getting more out of the money that motorists already pay.
A window of opportunity arose to try and secure their release. We also had reason to believe that their lives were under imminent and growing danger. Preparations were made to mount an operation to attempt to rescue Chris and Franco together with the Nigerian government. Today I authorised it to go ahead with UK support.
This is a desperately sad day for our country and desperately sad of course for the families concerned. It is a reminder of the huge price that we're paying, for the work that we're doing in Afghanistan. The sacrifice that our troops have made and continue to make.
If we fail to unlock the potential of women in the labour market, we're not only failing those individuals, we're failing our whole economy.
What has happened there is I believe not just a tragedy, but I think it's right to see this as yet another evil act by the Syrian government.
We support the Falkland Islanders' right to self-determination. And what the Argentineans have been saying recently, I would argue, is actually far more like colonialism because these people want to remain British and the Argentineans want them to do something else.
Frankly I look forward to having the debate because I think that there have been too many in the SNP (Scottish National Party) who are happy to talk about the process. They are happy to talk about the process, they don't want to talk about the substance.
The idea of a new European tax, when you are not going to have that tax put in place in other places, I don't think is sensible and so I will block it.
And when you make a financial transaction, you don't pay tax. Who can understand such a rule?
I am absolutely clear that it is possible to be both a full, committed and influential member of the European Union but to stay out of arrangements where they do not protect our interests. That is what I have done at this Council. That is what I will continue to do as long as I am prime minister. It is the right course for this country and I commend this statement to the House.
I do not believe there is a binary choice for Britain that we can either sacrifice the national interest on issue after issue or lose our influence at the heart of Europe's negotiating process.
If something like that financial transaction tax was put into place it needs to be global and you can't really see, for example, the US and the Asian market signing up to that, so actually I think it's the right thing for the UK economy that's been done.
I will be doing my best for Britain, and I hope that, if we get a good deal, that would be good for Britain, but if I can't get what I want, I will have no hesitation in vetoing a treaty at 27, because I'm not going to go to Brussels and not stand up for our country. That is what a prime minister should do and that is what I will do.
We are never going to join the euro. We are never going to give up the sort of sovereignty that these countries are having to give up in order to enter a fiscal union. So, in some ways, the fact they are going to do this in a separate treaty without distorting the European Union treaty itself, in many ways, given that we could not get those safeguards, perhaps it is a better outcome.
What is on offer is not in Britain's interest, so I didn't agree to it.
The most important British interest right now is to sort out the problem in the euro zone that is having the chilling effect on our economy that I have spoken about. Now that obviously means euro zone countries doing more together and if they choose to use the European Treaty to do that then obviously there will be British safeguards and British interests that I will insist on and I won't sign a treaty that doesn't have those safeguards in it.
We had very good discussions between very good friends. There are many things upon which we are in absolute agreement: on the importance of the single market, on the need for budget discipline, on the need for all countries to deal with their debts and deficits.
Now is the chance to ask: what kind of Europe do we actually want? For me, the answer is clear. One that is outward looking, with its eyes to the world not gazing inwards – one with the flexibility of a network, not the rigidity of a bloc.
What kind of Europe do we actually want? For me, the answer is clear. One with the flexibility of a network, not the rigidity of a bloc. European countries account for 50 per cent of our trade and much of our inward investment. Leaving the EU is not in our national interest.
Well we made good progress tonight. It's very much in Britain's interest that we sort out these problems and solve this crisis. We made good progress on the bank recapitalisation that wasn't watered down. It has now been agreed.
We don't know exactly when treaty change will be proposed, how great that treaty change will be, but I am absolutely clear and the coalition is absolutely clear that there will be opportunities to advance our national interest. That is what we should be focused on.
There is no bad blood on my part, no rancour, no bitterness. These are valued Conservative colleagues. I understand why people feel strongly and we'll go forward together and tackle the difficult decisions that the country faces. But you have to do the right thing and give a lead in politics and that's what yesterday was about.
People in Libya today have an even greater chance, after this news, of building themselves a strong and democratic future. I'm proud of the role Britain has played in helping them to bring that about, and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who've helped to liberate their country. We will help them, we will work with them, and that is what I want to say today.
I think today is a day to remember all of Colonel Gaddafi's victims. From those who died in connection with the Pan-Am flight over Lockerbie, to Yvonne Fletcher in a London street, and obviously all the victims of IRA terrorism who died through their use of Libyan Semtex. We should also remember the many, many Libyans who died at the hands of this brutal dictator and his regime.
I think it is quite right to take the time to establish the facts of the case, rather than rushing to judgement. I quite understand why Liam Fox has decided to resign, though obviously I am sorry to see him go. He did a good job at the Ministry of Defence clearing up the mess left by the last government and giving good leadership to that department, particularly while we have been in action in Libya and also of course in Afghanistan.
He answered them last night, he gave a good account of himself.
Liam Fox does an excellent job as secretary of state for defence. He gives that department good leadership.
He has been inspirational and while we've lost him, he has inspired whole generations of future inventors, creators and entrepreneurs and that's going to be a tremendous legacy that he leaves.
It is great to be here in free Bengazhi and in free Libya! Your city was an inspiration to the world, as you threw off a dictator and chose freedom!
Britain does not cover these things up. We do not sweep them under the carpet.
I have always said that I believe Britain would benefit from taking back some powers from Brussels to Britain, and there are some areas where the European Union is damaging in terms of, for instance, the operating of a flexible market economy and I think we might be able to make some progress in those areas.
My concern throughout has been not only to remove any stain on Britain's reputation but also to deal with these accusations of malpractice so as to enable our security services to get on with the vital work that they do.
This must be a wake up call for our country. Social problems that have been festering for decades have exploded in our face. Today, just as people wanted criminals robustly confronted on our streets, so they want to see these social problems taken on and defeated.
We are making technology work for us by capturing the images of the perpetrators on CCTV, so even if they haven't been arrested yet, their faces are known and they will not escape the law. We are working with the police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminal acts.
We will do whatever is necessary to restore law and order to our streets. The police are already authorised to use baton rounds (plastic bullets), and we agreed at COBRA that while they are not currently needed, we now have in place contingency plans for water canon to be available at 24 hours notice.
In the end the management of the company must be a matter for the shareholders of that company, but the government wants to see this sorted out.
And clearly News International has got some big issues to deal with and a mess to clear up, that has to be done by the management of that company.
I want to address my own responsibilities very directly, and that brings me to my decision to employ Andy Coulson. I have said very clearly that if it turns out Andy Coulson knew about the hacking at News Of the World he will not only have lied to me but he will have lied to the police, to a select committee, to the Press Complaints Commission and, of course, perjured himself in a court of law.
I think this is the right decision, but also the right decision for the country too. But we now have got to get on with the work of the police investigation and the public inquiry that I've set up today.
This government has under way a proper police investigation, well resourced, and they will find the culprits and they will make sure they are punished. And we are also going to set up a proper judge-led independent inquiry that can call witnesses under oath so we find out what was going wrong at these newspapers.
If I was running this company right now, BSkyB and News Corporation, I would be focused on clearing up the mess that there is in News International, with all the problems that are still coming out. Deal with that, before you move onto working out which merger and which takeover and how many shares and all the rest of it.
It seems to me there are two vital issues we need to look at. The first is into the original police inquiry and why that didn't get to the bottom of what happened. And the second is about the behaviour of individual people and individual media organisations. And a wider look into media policies and ethics in this country.
Yes we will be drawing down some of our troops this year and next year. And yes, we will be ending combat operations by the end of 2014. We won't have troops in anything like that number we have now, but we will have a long term relationship.
To those considering strike action, at a time when negotiations are ongoing, I would say to you these strikes are wrong for you, for the people you serve, for the good of the country. It's the changes we propose that are right.
Trade with China is a huge opportunity for the UK. And we have a lot to offer to China too. As our economies become increasingly complementary, the UK has the goods and services, the experiences and the skills to match the Chinese ambition to move up the value chain. I'm delighted that today's summit has seen new deals signed worth another 1.4 billion pounds (1.6 billion euros).
In this world, where countries are tackling deficits and more than ever before, the emphasis is, quite rightly, on getting value for money, what greater value for money can there possibly be?
If, as I hope and expect, we reach GAVI's target of 3.7 billion dollars over the next five years, we will protect at least a quarter of a billion children against killer diseases and save four million lives. Think about that – a quarter of a billion children protected from disease, four million lives saved.
But I would say that I profoundly disagree with many of the views that he's expressed particularly on issues like debt, and on welfare and education.
The production and export of iconic British cars like the Mini is making a real contribution to the rebalancing of the economy that this government is determined to achieve.
If anyone votes against that resolution or tries to veto it, that should be on their conscience.
I am committed to make this coalition government, which I believe is good for Britain, work for the full 5 years of this term, and it's then that I believe the coalition and its partners will be properly judged by the electorate, but I will pay tribute to the work that the Liberal Democrats have done.
If you have someone who didn't think we had a debt problem in the UK, when we self-evidently do have a debt problem, then they might not be the most appropriate person to work out whether other countries around the world have debt and deficit problems.
Yes our military action can protect people from attack, and yes our humanitarian action can help people recover. But neither are sufficient to provide a greater path to freedom. Ultimately the solution must be a political one and it must be for the Libyan people themselves to determine their destiny.
Libya's new beginning requires three things – first to reaffirm our commitment to UN Security Council Resolution 1973 and the broad alliance determined to implement it; second, to ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid, including to those newly liberated towns; and third, to help plan for the future of Libya after the conflict is over.
Europe had come together on Libya.
The targeting is about saving civilian life and putting in place a no-fly zone. And I think it is very important we don't go beyond that in any way.
Many people would ask the question I am sure today about regime change and Gaddafi and the rest, I have been clear: I think Libya needs to get rid of Gaddafi. But in the end, we are responsible for trying to enforce the Security Council resolution. The Libyans must choose their own future.
We will judge him by his actions and not his words. What is absolutely clear is the United Nations Security Council resolution says he must stop what he is doing – brutalising his people; if not all necessary measures can follow to make him stop.
It was the people of Libya, through the transitional national council, who were the first to call for protection from air attack through a no-fly zone. More recently the Arab League made the same demand. Mr Speaker I would say this, it has been remarkable how Arab leaders have come forward and condemned the actions of Gadaffi's government.
It's a moment for Europe to say what we have done in the past hasn't always worked. Now we should be reaching out to these countries, offering them a new partnership, opening up our markets.
The idea that we should expect small and democratic countries like Kuwait to be able to manufacture all their means of defence seems to me completely at odds with reality.
Instead of encouraging people to live apart, we need a clear sense of shared national identity that is open to everyone.
I believe it was profoundly wrong and the fact that 18 months later the Lockerbie bomber is today living at liberty in Tripoli only serves to underline that.
If we see on the streets of Cairo today state-sponsored violence, or the hiring of thugs to beat up protesters, then Egypt and its regime would lose any remaining credibility or support it has in the eyes of the watching world, including Britain.
We stand with those in this country who want freedom, who want democracy and rights. And the government takes a very strong view: political reform is what is required not repression, and we've made that clear in all the calls that I have made including to President Mubarak and yesterday the Egyptian Prime Minister.
What is different to perhaps in the past is quite early in this process, the French, the German and the British have come together, and said 'look we have really got to get a control of this budget and we can not see it going up and up and up and things need to change.
It is, I think, encouraging. Good progress (is) being made. We've got to make that progress irreversible. That's what the next 6 to 12 months are going to be about.
We think that the approach of saying that we should support universities, but young people going to universities need to make a contribution to their education, is right. I think in the past, where frankly quite well-off people went to university like me, for free, paid for by people leaving school at 16 and paying their taxes, that wasn't right. But look, if people want to protest, of course they have that right, what they don't have the right to do is to assault police officers, smash up property and threaten people who are just going about their daily lives.
China is already talking about moving towards increased domestic consumption, better healthcare and welfare, more consumer goods as its middle class grows, and in time introducing greater market flexibility into its exchange rate.
We want a stronger economic and business relationship with China – we are the fifth-largest economy in the world, but we have only two percent of China's imports.
I think it is completely unacceptable, at a time when European countries, including the United Kingdom, are taking tough decisions on their budgets, having to cut some departments. It is completely wrong.
We want to see a strong and stable and democratic Pakistan, but we cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able in any way to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world.
I don't think it's right to show compassion to a mass murderer like that.
In terms of an inquiry I'm not currently minded that we need to have a UK-based inquiry on this, probably for this reason: I don't need an inquiry to tell me what was a bad decision: it was a bad decision, and if you like, the big fact that has changed over a year that makes it an even worse decision is the fact that of course Megrahi is still free at liberty in Libya rather that serving the prison sentence in Scotland as he should be doing.
I completely understand the anger that exists right across America. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a catastrophe for the environment, for the fishing industry, for tourism, I've been absolutely clear about that. And like President Obama I've also been clear that it is BP's role to cap the leak, to clean up the mess and to pay appropriate compensations.
There's nothing you can say to parents who lost a child, that will help restore the sense of grief and loss. There's nothing you can do. But it is important they get the information to try and help achieve some sort of closure on what happened.
About a dozen cases have been brought in court about the actions of UK personnel including, for example, that since 9/11 they may have witnessed mistreatment such as the use of hoods and shackles. This has led to allegations that Britain may have been complicit in the mistreatment of detainees.
Well, it's desperately sad news. Another family with such grief and pain and loss. And of course, the 300th death is no more or no less tragic than the two hundred and ninety nine that came before, but it is a moment, I think, for the whole country to reflect on the incredible service and sacrifice and dedication that our armed services give on our behalf.
There is no doubt. There is nothing equivocal. There are no ambiguities. What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong.
Today we are all paying the price because the size of the public sector has got way out of step with the size of the private sector. We are going to have to try and get it back in line and that will be much more painful than if we'd kept things properly in balance all along.
We want a succesful euro area; we want one that is able to deliver growth and stability. And finally, of course, it goes without saying that any treaty – even one just applied to the euro area – needs unanimous agreement of all 27 member states, including the UK, which of course has a veto. I think those are the important points to understand.
It is in Britain's interests that the euro zone is a success, that the euro is a successful currency, that the eurozone economies recover, that the structural problems and balances are addressed.
I think we have an incredible opportunity to make long-term decisions for the good of our economy, for the good of our country.
One of the things I would do if I were your prime minister is straight away pass a law through parliament that says that if ever there's a future occasion when laws are being proposed to pass power from Westminster to Brussels there would be a guarantee of a referendum held in our country.
We are all going to have things that we have said thrown back at us. And there is a seious point in this, which is: if you want to spend the next five years finding Lib Dem politicians slightly disagreeing with Conservatives about this… a slightly nuanced policy…you can find lots. But we are looking at the bigger picture, at what a bold move like this with a strong, stable government can achieve.
It is now, I believe, decision time for the Liberal Democrats and I hope they make the right decision.
I want to make a big, open and comprehensive offer to the Liberal Democrats. I want us to work together in tackling our country's big and urgent problems: the debt crisis, our deep social problems and our broken political system.
I want to make it clear that I do not believe any government should give more powers to the European Union.
The Labour government has lost its mandate to govern our country……..from these results is that the country, our country wants change. That change is going to require new leadership………At all times what I will do is put the national interest first to make sure we have a strong, stable government for our country.
I think we have been winning some of the big arguments about the economy, about the need to stop this jobs tax coming in. But there is everything still to be done.
People are fed up with British politicians standing here in Bristol saying 'I'm going to stand up for us in Europe and we shouldn't give away all these powers and we should fight for British interests'. And then, over they go to Brussels, and they do exactly the opposite.
These debates are big events and you have got to do everything you can to explain to people, particularly at home, sitting watching the TV, why you would make a difference, what you're about, how you would change the country. People are very depressed and fed up with politics at the moment and they need to be inspired. That's what we have to do.
This prime minister would wreck the recovery by puting a tax on every job, on everyone earning over 20,000, a tax on aspiration, a tax on every business in the country. This government would wreck the recovery.
It's about the future or our economy. It's about the future of our society. It's about the future of our country. It's the most important general election for a generation.
That is the time that we've got left to win this great argument.
He came in as Chancellor copying our Inheritance Tax cut.
What we need is a government investigation into what these ex-ministers have done. Because let's be clear about what is at stake here. These ministers, Hewitt and Byers, were claiming that they changed government policy, they got people appointed, they cost the taxpayer money. They are making these claims and that goes to the heart of the issue of the integrity of the government.
What we need is not just a parliamentary investigation into Stephen Byers, welcome though that is.
I hope this is the beginning of the end of this whole dreadful chapter. What is absolutely essential is that MPs pay back all of the money which has been undentified. Those MPs who refuse to pay it back should have it taken off their salaries or off their redundancy payments, that's got to happen. And in future we need a totally transparent system.
What you're getting from me is a very frank statement: public spending is going to have to be cut. Not 'increased in real terms,' not 'frozen,' we're going to have to cut it. And we don't deny for one instant that there will be some difficult decisions, within the health service, yes, but there will be even more difficult decisions outside the National Health Service.
Britain needs responsible economic policies that deal with our debts so we have stability to create jobs and keep mortgage rates and tax rates lower. We will not cut the NHS. We will improve it for everyone.
There is more we can do than simply promise a referendum lock on any future handover of power. Take the sovereignty of our laws. Because we have no written constitution, unlike many other European countries, we have no explicit legal guarantee that the last word on our laws stays in Britain. There is, therefore, a danger that over time our courts might come to regard ultimate authority as resting with the European Union.
Everyone should respond to these letters, respond to these inquiries being made and of course, at the end of this process, then everyone will have to comply with what the authorities are asking.
The view from the summit will be worth it.
Here is a progressive reform plan for Europe. Let us work together on the things where the EU can really help, like combating climate change, fighting global poverty, and spreading free and fair trade. But let us return to democratic and accountable politics those powers the EU should not have.
We will need to confront Britain's culture of irresponsibility and that will be tough for many people. We will have to tear down Labour's big government bureaucracy, ripping up its time-wasting, money-draining, responsibility-sapping nonsense.
The British government stands accused, and indeed the Prime Minister stands accused, of double dealing. On the one hand saying to the Americans they wanted al-Megrahi to die in prison, but on the other hand saying privately to the Libyans that they wanted him released. Now we've got to get to the bottom of this, the British Prime Minister has got to be straight with the British people.
I think it is wrong. This man was convicted of murdering 270 people. He showed no compassion to them. They were not allowed to go home and die with their relatives in their own bed.
We have, mirroring the weakness of our Prime Minister, the ineffectiveness of those who are trying to get rid of him. We have an extraordinary situation where he can't seem to reshuffle his cabinet but they can't seem to organise a coup. They are, if you like, locked together in this sort of slow dance of political death that is so bad for our country.
I think all roads lead to a general election. Whether it is the view that we can't go along with the government that is weak and divided, whether it's the need for a fresh start, whether it's the need to ask the people what they think of the political scandal and the MPs that have done wrong.
We need a government that is strong, that is united, that has a purpose, instead we have a government in complete chaos, we really do deserve better than this, and I believe that all roads now, fairly, should lead to a general election.
It was very much her decision we spoke about it this morning, she feels under tremendous pressure and so she decided to stand out from parliament at the next election and of course I respect that decision and I understand why she made that decision.
What we need is not just a new speaker, we need a new parliament. We need people to have the chance in a general election to pass judgement on their politicians.
Individually members of parliament have got to explain why they claimed what they claimed and set that out. Collectively, I think we've all got to put our hands up and say this is a system that we operated and used and is just absolutely not right, and has got to be change.
I completely understand how angry the public are about this and we desperately need change. I have argued for a long time that we have to cut the cost of the expenses regime so it costs people less. We have got to radically reduce the number of things MPs can claim for and we have got to sort out the system.
The United Kingdom economy is in a deep recession, we can't be confident that over the next year the measures taken by governments around the world will actually improve the ability of the banking system internationally to lend.
James Crosby, the man who ran HBOS and who the Prime Minister singled out to regulate our banks and to advise our government, has resigned over allegations that he sacked the whistle blower who knew that his bank was taking unacceptable risks.
This crisis has highlighted just how mistaken Labour's economic policy has been.
I wonder if we can really put up with this for another eighteen months. Whenever people have had a chance to speak about this government, whether at the local elections; in Crewe; in Henley; in the London Mayoral elections and now in Glasgow, they've said, Look, we think you're failing and we want change.' I think the Prime Minister should have his holiday, but then we need an election. We need change in this country.
To press ahead with ratification would be flying in the face of public opinion.
I think we are seeing the end of big, top-down, bossy, interfering government. People want something different. People want change. People don't want a government that just takes all of their money, spends and wastes it, and hits them with ever higher taxes.
It's quite clear he's not been focussed on running the country these last few months, he's been trying to spin his way into a general election campaign and now he's had to make a humiliating retreat. The big disappointment for me and I thing for millions of people in this country is we are now going to wait possibly two years before we can get the real change we need in our country.
The old politics are failing and change is required. I'm by nature an optimist. I think if we give people more power and control over their lives, they will take the right decisions, they will grow stronger and society will grow stronger too.
Locally, things are coordinated well, but nationally, we need a far better response. We have had dozens of statements from different policy areas from the prime minister in the last few weeks. I think he has got to focus on the fact that this is the biggest problem facing our country.
I know this is meant to be some great constitutional innovation but I have to say that most of what the prime minister announced sounds rather like the Queen's speech last year, the year before and the year before that.
There cannot be the change that Britain needs, and I think that people do want change. I think people should be offered the opportunity of change. People should be able to vote for change and that is why we believe there should be a general election straight away.
For 13 years he has led his party, for 10 years he has led our country, and no one can be in any doubt about the huge efforts he has made in terms of public service. He has considerable achievements to his credit, whether it's peace in Northern Ireland, or it is his work in the developing world which, I know, will endure.
When labour do the right thing, like those education reforms, we will back them. That is real substance, standing up for what you believe, putting your country first that is something that this party has always understood.
People don't want us to just turn the clock back. They want us to improve the bad things, yes, but they want us to keep the good things.
You know, not everything that labour has done since 1997 has been bad, we should say so.