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I was on air when the exit poll was announced. I get on all right with Michael, but he's a tough character, he's robust. When it came on, I did the usual bit, This is just a poll.' That's the standard line for politicians to spout at the early stage of a marathon election night.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
John McDonnell has been quoted 195 times. The one recent article where John McDonnell has been quoted is The inside story of Labour’s election shock. Most recently, John McDonnell was quoted as having said, “I thought that if we could get broadcast coverage, people would realise what we were about, and realise what Jeremy was like as an individual, and it would turn. Nobody believed me at the time, but it wasn't wishful thinking.”.
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Sep 05 2017

So it is inevitable what will happen: the offshore trusts will be used as vehicles. They will say how wonderful the bill is. But it's smoke and mirrors.feedback

Sep 05 2017

I've not felt the anger being expressed for 20 years.feedback

Sep 05 2017 - Labour Party

It was a wonderful announcement. The best thing she could have possibly done. It boosted support for the Labour party overnight and caused absolute disarray in the Conservative party. You can't walk down a corridor in this place without seeing a group of Tory MPs plotting.feedback

Sep 05 2017

We didn't win, but we've got to win. I think conference will be serious: we could be in government soon, so let's talk about how we're going to govern.feedback

Sep 05 2017

They are going to do a lot of spin around non-doms – what they are doing is defining non-doms, giving them up to 15 years living here, but at the same time they are not including offshore trusts.feedback

Sep 05 2017

And I think you'll find across the health service and teaching there will be people acting in solidarity – they are provoking real anger.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - McDonald's

If I was McDonald's management I'd be listening very carefully today. I'd contact the union and I'd get round that table.feedback

Sep 04 2017 - McDonald's

These are workers who are extremely vulnerable in terms of their employment conditions. And yet at the same time they've had the courage to come on strike. They've said: 'We've had enough and we need to negotiate'. We've had that promise before, but it hasn't been realised. The best security we can have is them recognising trade unions so grievances can get resolved rather than strike action.feedback

Jul 27 2017 - Brexit

Our objective is tariff-free access to the market. That has been our objective since immediately after the referendum. The structures – whether we are in or out – are a secondary matter. We are not ruling anything out.feedback

Jul 26 2017

Today's GDP figures reveal weak growth under a weak government, and expose the last seven years of Tory economic failure. Growth for the first half of 2017 is below expectations, and it follows continued data showing working families are being squeezed with wages not keeping up with prices. The truth is that the Tories' austerity cuts have undermined working people's living standards and weakened the UK economy.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - London

That's what's happened here, and I'm angry.feedback

Jul 16 2017

We'll look at what we can do. It's a real ambition. What Jeremy said is we recognise young people are coming out of college now with debts of £50,000. They cannot even think about buying a house or getting on the property ladder. So we've got to tackle that. But the issue is, the system's got to be tackled anyway, because it's falling apart.feedback

Jul 16 2017

Let us just be clear. What we said in our manifesto was we'll scrap tuition fees. We will scrap tuition fees. If we can help deal with the debt we certainly will. And because the system is collapsing, to be frank whoever is in government is going to have to deal with this.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - London

I think there's been a consequence of political decisions over years that have not addressed the housing crisis that we've had, that have cut back on local government so proper inspections have not been made, 11,000 firefighter jobs have been cut as well – even the investment in aerial ladders, and things like that in our country. I believe politicians have to be held to account. I remain angry at how many people have lost their lives as a result of political decisions made over years.feedback

Jul 16 2017 - London

I do not resile from what I've said and I remain angry at the loss of life that has taken place not far away from my constituency.feedback

Jul 16 2017

The problem that we've got is the system is imploding. Half of the student debt, we now know, is not going to be paid back.feedback

Jul 16 2017

What we'll be doing is inviting people to come and advise us: we'll try and ensure we use economists as well as educators.feedback

Jul 15 2017 - Brexit

If you listen to ordinary people in this country now, what they want is basically a Brexit that will protect their jobs and protect the economy.feedback

Jul 03 2017 - London

This a damning report that reveals the harsh and unfair reality of the Tories' pay freeze on hard working public sector workers.feedback

Jun 28 2017

This war between Number 10 and the Treasury isn't sustainable.feedback

Jun 26 2017

Is democracy working? It didn't work if you were a family living on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower. Those families, those individuals - 79 so far and there will be more - were murdered by political decisions that were taken over recent decades.feedback

Jun 26 2017

The decision to close fire stations and to cut 10,000 firefighters and then to freeze their pay for over a decade contributed to those deaths inevitably and they were political decisions.feedback

Jun 25 2017

Jeremy has been doing these meetings all around the country, thousands of people turned up all over. I kept saying to people, once we've got balanced broadcast coverage in the election campaign people would see what he's about: an honest, decent, principled person. People are attracted to him as a result of that.feedback

Jun 25 2017

My ambition is to learn to play the trombone. My wife pulls my leg about it. I'll find time, my neighbours might not appreciate it but I'm going to try.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - British elections 2017

You get used to it, it doesn't surprise me at all anymore. That sort of continuous attack by the Mail and Sun and the rightwing press does have its effect, there's no doubt about it, but in this general election it was so far over the top in terms of criticisms, it was so exaggerated and unfair that people turned off completely.feedback

Jun 25 2017

We're trying to do a training exercise where we're bringing in people like Bob Kerslake, the head of the civil service, to work with them on things like what it would be like to be a minister, what their first day will be like, what their first 100 days will be like. So they feel confident about that as well.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - British elections 2017

We keep on campaigning the way we're doing. The general election campaign consisted of Jeremy touring all around the country, doing meeting after meeting, we're now rolling that out to the whole of the shadow cabinet, right the way through the summer and into the winter, expecting a general election at any time.feedback

Jun 25 2017

Well that's significantly been proven wrong in this recent political debate, and we can see it, whether it's people queuing up at food banks, housing shortages, millions of children living in poverty, two thirds of those families with someone in work. People all around are realising that this economic theory has failed, and what we're trying to do is offer them an alternative. That's what our manifesto was all about.feedback

Jun 25 2017

The response to Jeremy was fantastic. We weren't expecting that. I spoke at the Pyramid Stage about 12 years ago, and within 10 seconds I cleared the field. Paul McCartney was here that year, I'm an old Beatles fan. We were knee-deep in mud. As I spoke on stage, my son, who must have been eight or nine then, was sat at the side being looked after by the Scissor Sisters and Black Eyed Peas, who were excellent child minders.feedback

Jun 25 2017

Jeremy had all those people resign from the shadow cabinet last year, so he had to bring all the youngsters on, and they've just been unbelievable. People like Rebecca Long-Bailey, Angela Rayner, Richard Burgon, superb, they're now trying to dig themselves into a brief so they know it when we go into government.feedback

Jun 25 2017 - Brexit

We don't go into the hard and soft Brexit definition.feedback

Jun 25 2017

For a long period of time, all economic thought has been dominated by trickle down economics, where if you issue tax cuts to corporations and the rich, the money will somehow filter down the rest of society.feedback

Jun 25 2017

The House of Lords – 92 of them are there on the basis of who Charles II shagged at some point in the past. It can't be right that we have a House of Lords that's based upon those people appointed rather than elected.feedback

Jun 21 2017

All protest has got to be peaceful and if you want to see what effective protest is all about I tell you follow the lead of Gandhi, not others.feedback

Jun 21 2017

One, the manifesto that they stood on is now junked, that's the first thing.feedback

Jun 21 2017

We are now in a situation where actually I don't think they have got the right to govern.feedback

Jun 21 2017

Yes and I am bitterly disappointed that we did so we have to accept that but we also have to accept that the government didn't win it either.feedback

Jun 21 2017

They won the largest number of seats so that enables them to bring forward a programme, but here is the rub: They have actually junked the manifesto on which they fought the election and so now they have no manifesto. Normally, you are right we have no constitution, but the constitution propriety is that you go before the electorate with a manifesto, here is what we are going to do if you elect us and we want to get a majority to do that.feedback

Jun 21 2017 - London

Today, people have got the right to be angry. What they haven't got is the right to be violent.feedback

Jun 18 2017

I would have convened parliament immediately to push more legislation through within 24 hours, if that was necessary. We cannot be in a situation where we have people who have lost their homes struggling to find alternative accommodation and we have properties standing empty.feedback

Jun 18 2017

Whatever it costs, we need to get them installed.feedback

Jun 16 2017 - London

The government must now as a matter of urgency lift the housing revenue account borrowing cap to free councils to undertake the urgent retrofitting work required on all existing housing stock found not to meet required safety standards.feedback

Jun 13 2017

Our shadow cabinet at the moment was a winning team. It just won effectively votes that no one predicted that we would so I don't want to break up that winning team.feedback

Jun 10 2017

My judgment is that if the campaign had been a couple of weeks longer we would have secured a majority, given the narrowness of the voting in so many seats.feedback

Jun 10 2017

We will place before parliament policies drawn from our manifesto that we believe are needed to address the challenges Britain now faces and can command support.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Labour Party

I argued that when the broadcast media rules kicked in during the election period, we would have a better chance to get our policies across. The more balanced the broadcast coverage of Jeremy Corbyn, the more people would see him for the honest, decent, principled, and indeed strong leader he was.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - British elections 2017

She told us … that she specifically called the election to secure a clear mandate … to negotiate a Tory Brexit. She failed. It is absolutely clear that there is no majority for the race-to-the-bottom Brexit backed by Theresa May, and that an alternative is required reflecting the common ground that appears to have emerged in this debate. This is the implementation of a Brexit that respects the referendum decision and secures the greater freedoms leaving the EU achieves, but which best protects our economy, jobs and living standards.feedback

Jun 10 2017 - Facebook

The leaked manifesto was the making of our campaign. Six weeks ago, when Labour was more than 20 points behind the Conservatives in the opinion polls, I said that the gap would narrow and, with hope in my heart, that I believed we could win the election.feedback

Jun 09 2017

She went for it to secure a mandate that she already had and people saw through that. It was for party advantage. People saw this as opportunism. Even if the result is anywhere near this, it was a catastrophic error and people have seen through it.feedback

Jun 09 2017 - Brexit

In the interests of the country we are willing to form a government, a minority government, and put forward a programme, a Queen's speech, as well as an alternative budget and also an alternative programme for the Brexit negotiations and then it is up to other parties whether they support us.feedback

Jun 09 2017

We'll put ourselves forward to serve the country and form a minority government and the reason for that is I don't think the Conservative Party is stable, I don't think the prime minister is stable. I don't want to be derogatory but I think she is a lame duck prime minister.feedback

Jun 09 2017

I was expecting Boris Johnson to launch his leadership campaign tonight. But clearly not tonight, maybe tomorrow.feedback

Jun 08 2017

I'm a natural pessimist, and we'll see whether I'm an optimist in the morning.feedback

Jun 08 2017 - Labour Party

We tried to have an extremely positive campaign. We modelled it around Jeremy's character. If you remember when he stood for the leadership, his slogan at the time was honest politics, straight talking, and that's what we tried to do – a positive campaign throughout.feedback

Jun 08 2017

If it is reflected in this sort of level of support, I think it does change the nature of political discourse. I think people have got fed up with the ya-boo politics and some of the nasty tactics that have gone on recently.feedback

Jun 04 2017

When it comes to tax, it will always be a fair tax policy. And if I can reduce the burden of taxation on middle and low earners I will do it as we grow the economy. I will do it.feedback

Jun 03 2017

What I said back then was that if we could get Jeremy on the ballot paper, we would have a really good showing. I thought we would pick up 30% to 35% of the vote of the membership and that would demonstrate the left was back and we would be able to negotiate left representatives in the shadow cabinet. That was the height of my ambition at that point.feedback

Jun 03 2017

The lesson for Theresa and the Conservative party is that people are not willing to accept you turning up with a manifesto which says next to nothing.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - British elections 2017

This election could be the young person's general election. They have got to go out there and vote. People learned the lesson from the [EU] referendum vote – if you don't turn up, you'll be disappointed. The message from us is one of hope – it is that we can transform this country, we can transform your lives. Get out there and vote. That would be inevitable. The polls have narrowed. I'm now telling you we are going to win the election, full stop.feedback

Jun 03 2017

The idea that we are just tax and spend … it is nothing to do with spend. It is about investment. Everyone understands that you need to invest in the economy. Everyone understands you need to invest in health, education … because we have started this debate off, [the public's view] is beginning to turn. Where it is beginning to turn in particular is the younger generation.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - Single market

I think Tories were let down by it. I am getting that on the doorstep, actually. How dare they treat us like that? That is about the nature of the discourse changing.feedback

Jun 03 2017

We'll have a working relationship.feedback

Jun 03 2017

We will see how the economy grows. There are two ways we can share the benefits of prosperity. One is by making sure people get decent wages and the other is making sure the most regressive elements of the tax burden are reduced.feedback

Jun 03 2017

We had a serious discussion about the policies we want to prioritise, the budget, the timing of it. It is all doable. That [having such meetings] is the norm ahead of an election. There is nothing exceptional about that. The objective is the preparations for government. We hit the deck running. You never take anything for granted, you don't take votes for granted but you have to make the preparations.feedback

Jun 03 2017 - British elections 2017

The mask has finally slipped. The only guarantee the Tories are prepared to give at this election is to big business and high earners.feedback

May 26 2017

The only numbers we saw in the Tory manifesto were the page numbers. But what has become clear today is the choice at this election – continued austerity and falling living standards under the Tories, or higher wages and increased investment in our public services and infrastructure under Labour.feedback

May 21 2017

You should pool the risk and that way people are not left on their own.feedback

May 19 2017 - Northern Ireland

I apologise for those words, but I also said no cause is worth an innocent life and I made that explicitly clear. I also did everything I possibly could to secure the peace process in Northern Ireland and at times that was contentious, of course. We were trying to talk to people you were condemned for talking to, then we discovered that governments were talking to them anyway. So I've apologised for my language, but I made it absolutely clear that everything I did was about securing peace and no innocent life lost is worth it.feedback

May 19 2017 - Scottish independence

To be frank, I am angry. This is a savage attack on vulnerable pensioners, particularly those who are just about managing. It is disgraceful and we are calling on the Conservatives now to withdraw it.feedback

May 19 2017 - Scottish independence

Yesterday the Conservative party abandoned older people. There was a triple whammy: the tearing up of the triple lock, the attack on the winter fuel allowance and the plans on care costs, so people can lose their homes.feedback

May 19 2017

Labour is beginning to break through. There is underlying, subterranean movement in our direction.feedback

May 19 2017 - British elections 2017

I think we are going to win, and we are going to win it on the basis of the positive hope we're giving people, rather than this vague blank cheque that Theresa May has demanded. We are rising in the polls and now that people have seen this Tory manifesto, I tell you, 10 million pensioners out there will be very angry, large numbers of young people will be angry because there is no future in this manifesto.feedback

May 19 2017 - British elections 2017

With our manifesto I laid out a report with detailed costing for every policy and where the funding source was. That enabled us to be honest with people to say this is what we are going to do, here's how much it is going to cost, and here's how I'm going to raise the funds. She [Theresa May] has dumped the tax lock. That means if they get re-elected, people are insecure because taxes could go up: income tax could go up, national insurance could go up, it could hit employers as well as workers.feedback

May 16 2017

Every spending commitment is fully costed. Every source of funding is explained.feedback

May 16 2017

We will consult on the mechanism in which we go forward on this. We will offer the different options on how we go forward. And one of them could be a switch from shares to bonds.feedback

May 16 2017

We just want to bring back fairness again into our society, so we can have that modern economy that will create that prosperity but where that prosperity will be shared by everybody.feedback

May 16 2017

We're going to win this election. That's a hypothetical question that doesn't even deserve looking at.feedback

May 16 2017

When he's touring round the country, literally thousands of people are turning up. Meetings are being swamped and also thousands of people waiting outside … wherever he goes. Underneath the surface, I think you are seeing a rumbling now that people want change. They want a different type of leader. They want someone who is a man of the people.feedback

May 16 2017

We have already seen as a result of leaks our policies being extremely popular: bringing rail back into public ownership, ending the cuts in school budgets, properly funding the NHS, making sure we have a fair taxation system. All of those are extremely popular amongst the general public and I think that will be translated into votes on the day of the election. We are asking people to pay little bit more who are the highest earners.feedback

May 16 2017

We will seek to negotiate and we'll look at the option of how we bring it back into public ownership. One is, yes, an outright purchase. That could be done and we wouldn't want to set the price for that now because that would affect the negotiations. Also we could offer bonds for shares in [an] exchange scheme. There are different mechanisms that can be used which minimise the overall cost but maximise the advantages of bringing it back into public ownership.feedback

May 16 2017 - Labour Party

The more Jeremy Corbyn gets out there, the more media coverage he gets, the more people realise the sort of decent, honest person he is and the type of leader he is. He brings people together, builds consensus – the sort of leader that we want for the future of our country. I think that will translate itself into people voting in the ballot box.feedback

May 16 2017

We are concerned [about] the way privatisation has operated, particularly in the water industry … In one year, £18bn was given out in dividends to shareholders. All of that could have been used in investment in the water industry and bringing bills down. We believe this is an industry that should be bought back into public ownership for public benefit. It is a significant intervention by the Labour government that will be elected in June because that's what needed.feedback

May 15 2017 - Labour Party

That means ending the tax giveaways to the corporations and also those in inheritance tax, capital gains tax and the bankers' levy - all of those giveaways under this government. The rich will be above £70,000 to £80,000 a year - and that's roughly defined as what people feel is an earning whereby people feel they can pay more.feedback

May 15 2017

A lot of money invested in the City is done by pension savers. It's very difficult to add a tax like that into the system without ultimately hitting consumers in the pockets, as all of our pensions are invested into the stock market.feedback

May 15 2017

By making those who trade in financial derivatives pay a small fraction of their profits, we can help properly fund our public services.feedback

May 12 2017

When we were in office the tax burden on the British people was 33.9% of GDP, under this government it is currently 34.4%. And they are projecting that by 2020 it will be 37.2%. What we are saying is that we will shift the burden of taxation from ordinary people. It will be levied on the rest of society through corporation tax, through capital gains tax, and inheritance tax.feedback

May 10 2017

[We] want to introduce – just as the Attlee government with Nye Bevan introduced the National Health Service – we want to introduce a national education service. Free at the point of need throughout life. And that means ending the cuts in the schools at primary and secondary level. It means free childcare. It means free school training when you need it throughout life. And yes it means scrapping tuition fees once and for all so we don't burden our kids with debt for the future.feedback

May 10 2017

[We] want to introduce – just as the Attlee government with Nye Bevan introduced the National Health Service – we want to introduce a national education service.feedback

May 08 2017 - Labour Party

I believe there's a lot to learn from reading Kapital, yes of course there is, and that's been recommended not just by me but many others, mainstream economists as well.feedback

May 07 2017

You will see it'll be a modest increase but it'll go ... to our education services, caring services and our NHS. They're desperately in need. Releasing the resources within our own country is not difficult. It simply requires the introduction of a limited range of redistributive measures which will raise the funds we need from those most able to pay and who have profited most out of the boom years. This redistribution can be achieved through… the restoration of progressive income tax of 60 per cent on incomes above £100,000.feedback

May 07 2017 - Labour Party

I believe there's a lot to learn from reading Kapital, yes of course it is. That's been recommended not by me but by many others - mainstream economists as well. I also believe in the long tradition of the Labour Party which involves people like GDH Cole, Tawney and others. You put that all together and you have, I think, a direction for our economy based upon sound principles and fairness. I'm going to be the first socialist in the tradition of the Labour Party.feedback

May 07 2017

Labour is now the party of low taxes for middle and lower earnings. As part of the new settlement, a Labour government will be asking business to contribute its fair share, with the largest companies paying a bit more in tax. I'm going to be the first socialist, in the tradition of the Labour party.feedback

May 07 2017 - Labour Party

Anyone earning below £80,000, we'll be guaranteeing you will not have increase in income tax or VAT or national insurance contributions. And for those above £80,000, we're asking them to pay a modest bit more. Why? To fund our public services. I think we've got a period of time in which we've not been able to get our policies across. Partly that's the media, I have to say, I have to be straight about that. I'm going to be the first socialist in the tradition of the Labour party. I'm in the strong tradition of the Labor party, which takes into account all of those thinkers, of course they do.feedback

May 06 2017

If Labour is elected next month we will guarantee that for the next five years there will be no tax rises for income taxpayers earning less than £80,000 a year, no hikes in VAT, and no changes in your National Insurance Contributions either. The Labour Party is now the party of low taxes for middle and low earners, while the Tories are the party of tax handouts for the super-rich and big corporations.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

I'm not saying £70,000. I'm saying on the higher percentage earners you will see that we will be asking people, particularly the corporations as well, to bear a bit more of the burden, because we cannot go on in terms of NHS in crisis, our education cuts happening on a scale we've not seen since the 1970s and the running down of our public services.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

In common parlance people would call what the Tories have published today lies. I'm shocked that the BBC has just taken a Conservative press release and has repeated it all morning. You're the BBC, you have to have some form of analysis before you put something on air.feedback

May 03 2017 - Brexit

I've got a reputation for being a hard-nosed bureaucrat, both in my professional life in the past and also political. Our policies will be fully costed and the funding source will be identified. We will ensure that those priorities are the priorities of the British people. That is about having a fair taxation system. I'm amazed the chancellor of the exchequer can't distinguish between capital and revenue spend. Capital spend does not come out in terms of individual revenue spend. It is just the cost of the borrowing that comes out.feedback

Apr 30 2017

What's happened in this country over the last 20 odd years is collective bargaining has declined, 80 per cent of our workforce used to be held by collective bargaining, it stands at about 20 per cent now and that's eroded wages overall.feedback

Apr 29 2017

The scandal of six million people earning less than the living wage and four million children growing up in poverty are not inevitable. It only takes a change of government to bring these outrages to an end.feedback

Apr 29 2017

Growth has fallen back, wages have fallen back, inflation is increasing and you have the IFS announcing poorer working families will lose £2,500. There are pressures on all levels, middle and low earners in particular. I didn't support the mansion tax last time round, but it is an NEC decision. The manifesto is being started afresh. Yep.feedback

Apr 29 2017

That's an indication of a direction of travel for us, simple as that. It's an exemplification that we won't be into tax giveaways, we're about making sure there's a fair taxation system, tackling tax evasion and tax avoidance. We will address the level of corporation tax, and others, at that time. We are not going to lose this election. Full stop.feedback

Apr 29 2017

That's why she went to the election, she was listening to me.feedback

Apr 29 2017 - Labour Party

I have real respect for Caroline Lucas, she is a good friend and incredibly talented. I'd like to see her recruited into the Labour party and I'm sure she'd rise through the ranks very quickly.feedback

Apr 29 2017

If the Tories can't be straight with the British people, Labour will be. To give an indication, I called on the chancellor at the last Treasury questions to commit himself to no VAT increase and no increase on national insurance contributions in the way he tried to do it at the budget, and also commit to the triple lock [on pensions]. He refused to say that, so that might give you some indication of where I'm going. I don't want to pre-empt anything. But if you want an indication of the direction of travel, look at that question. I've been trying to pin him down all the way.feedback

Apr 29 2017

I think when Jeremy gets up there, just as he did in the leadership campaign, the first debate, he transformed himself from a 200-1 outsider to someone who could win and did win. That's why she's refusing to debate, he will come across as the honest, decent, principled person he is, a true leader, who builds consensus.feedback

Apr 27 2017 - Labour Party

The Tories pose a clear threat to working people's living standards. Under Tory proposals cuts to in-work support will leave working families with children an average of £2,500 a year worse off.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - London

The rich will be above £70,000 to £80,000 a year – and that's roughly defined as what people feel is an earning whereby people feel they can pay more.feedback

Apr 20 2017

The reality is that relatively few people earn more than £70,000 a year. Data from HMRC shows that just over five percent of taxpayers earned at least this amount in 2014-15.feedback

Apr 20 2017 - British elections 2017

The economy is going to turn, we are seeing inflation increasing, wages stagnate and people in heavy debt. They know … they'll be deeply unpopular.feedback

Apr 19 2017

Labour "will be looking to the corporations and to the rich to pay their share. We believe we are talking about the rich will be above £70-80,000 a year and that's roughly defined as what people feel is an earning whereby people feel they can pay more.feedback

Apr 19 2017

We believe … the rich will be above £70,000 to £80,000 a year and that's roughly defined as what people feel is an earning whereby people feel they can pay more.feedback

Apr 16 2017

Continuing official silence from the chancellor is not acceptable when confronted with this scale of rigging. It is essential that we clarify who took the decisions to rig the Libor index, and when, so that the schools, NHS hospitals and local councils that lost out can be paid the compensation that is rightfully due and public confidence in our banking system and official institutions can be restored.feedback

Apr 14 2017

Tax avoidance is a scourge on society that company secrecy laws help facilitate, and the Tories have done nothing to tackle it. Labour will pour the disinfectant of sunlight on large company accounts, helping close down the loopholes and the scams that the tax dodgers rely on. The Tories are running a rigged economy for the super-rich and giant corporate tax dodgers. Only Labour will stand up for workers and small businesses to make our tax system fair and our public services like education and the NHS protected.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Sanctions

I don't begrudge anyone a break every now and again, but you've got to either recognise the seriousness of the situation and put your full attention to it – and I think that's what the prime minister should be doing – or you've got to have confidence in the person that you send out to deal with the situation.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Sanctions

The idea of going along to the G7 to try and put together a coalition around sanctions was never going to succeed. It was a bad policy decision by Mr Johnson. It should never have happened.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Sanctions

The idea of going along to the G7 to try and put together a coalition around sanctions was never going to succeed. It was a bad policy decision by Mr Johnson. It should never have happened. He should have gone to Moscow. When he went to Moscow he should have been clear with the Russians just how much we condemn what Assad has done, and what they've done in support of Assad, but try to get them back to the negotiating table. I'm hoping the initiative now by the Trump regime and others is going to enable that to happen. It's a pity Mr Johnson made such a poor judgment of this matter.feedback

Apr 10 2017

This is an extremely serious revelation that contradicts past assurances about the role of the Bank of England in the Libor scandal. It goes to the very heart of whether our financial institutions can be trusted. Therefore it warrants an immediate high-level investigation, and the Chancellor must act straight away to ensure this happens.feedback

Apr 10 2017 - Conservative and Unionist Party

Theresa May promised to be a champion of working people; she has failed. The Tories are taking the country backwards; Labour will stand up for working families, making them £2,500 a year better off in 2020. Only Labour will take the action needed to end the Tories' economic failure and introduce a real living wage of £10 an hour by 2020.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Scottish independence

What Jeremy was saying was the media should now report us accurately and report us fairly. What's interesting is when you poll the issues and our policies, they are extremely popular, so what's preventing people translating that into strength in the polls? It is partly because they see us as divided so if we unite, which I think we are doing now on a number of issues, particularly around Brexit, you'll see us rise in the polls.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Russia

I think he should be there now, saying to the Russians just how appalling the situation is and the role that they should play. We should be frank with them and we shouldn't just allow the Americans to go off and do that – we should be doing that ourselves.feedback

Apr 09 2017 - Labour Party

It was their party. It's a tragedy, an absolute tragedy. I could weep about it, I really could. The other (part of the) tragedy is we are now led by someone who is possibly one of the foremost anti-racist campaigners that we have had in our political history.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - HSBC Bank

Can the minister give us some more specific details about what steps are being taken to address this scandal and can we have the assurance there will be the potential of opening up criminal proceedings to break up what is effectively a criminal network? And can the government also undertake it will not as it has in the past with HSBC attempt to intervene with criminal or other investigations taking place elsewhere in the world?feedback

Mar 12 2017 - Labour Party

We'll wait and see what the nature of the Section 30 is. We'd have to see what the detail of that is.feedback

Mar 11 2017

There is nothing progressive about cutting taxes for companies and the very wealthiest while hitting the self-employed. This week’s budget revealed the government’s true priorities. It’s not about supporting workers or small businesses. It’s a government for tax avoiders and giant corporations. Phillip Hammond was boasting about the continuing cuts to taxes for corporations and the super-rich, now totalling £70bn over the next few years, even as he hammered the self-employed with a £2bn national insurance tax hike.feedback

Mar 10 2017

The fact the prime minister won't fully support her own chancellor's budget measure, and has been forced by Labour to row back on it just 24 hours after he delivered his speech in parliament, shows the level of disarray that exists at the top of government.feedback

Mar 10 2017

I'm hoping there will be a number of Conservative MPs and other parties in the House that say to the government 'you've got this wrong, you need to think agai.feedback

Mar 09 2017

If you took Greg Philo's idea of a wealth tax, where you put 20 per cent tax on the highest- the wealthiest 10 per cent of this country - the wealthiest 10 per cent own £4,000 billion. If you took 20 per cent of that you would then have £800 million and we could tackle our deficit - we could tackle our debt - four fifths of our debt would then be wiped out. So we're saying just collect the money and make those who created the crisis pay for the crisis and that way you overcome it.feedback

Mar 09 2017

On economic policy in terms of the Bank of England you install people like Graham Turner [...] you must make him the Governor of the Bank of England. You then move on in terms of taxation - you put Richard Murphy and John Christensen at the head of HMRC to introduce Financial Transaction Tax, the wealth tax, the land value tax - all done in the first 100 days.feedback

Mar 09 2017

I think now we have got to really engage in the Labour parties policies process, it's structures, and working with those outside the Labour Party. I am working on the basis now that this Labour leadership is like a blank sheet of paper. They have grown up under New Labour. The most important ambition for them is to get into office. We have got a create a climate of opinion which on individual issues and our overall analysis of society is so well understood that they recognise to get elected they have to espouse those policies.feedback

Mar 09 2017

You launch that council house building programme. You bring rail back into public ownership. We should be writing that up.feedback

Mar 09 2017 - Afghanistan

From the left now [...] we should now be mapping out not in manifesto form but in a manual form the first 100 days of a Labour Government going into power. The issues around energy, you immediately announce no more nuclear power. On foreign policy, you immediately say we are coming out of Afghanistan now, we're scrapping nuclear weapons. We would have built up popular support for those policies. This is the most exciting period of my political life. We have a Tory Government waging class war against us. That's exactly what's happening.feedback

Mar 09 2017

There's got to be an element of fairness about our taxation system. He cannot cut the taxes to the rich and the corporations and increase the taxes on the lower paid.feedback

Mar 08 2017

The Tories talk of being a 'workers' party', but they have betrayed millions of people today, by breaking another manifesto commitment.feedback

Mar 07 2017 - Article 50

Philip Hammond's first budget comes at a crossroads for our country ahead of the triggering of Article 50. It cannot be a budget, where like his predecessor, he over claims on the government's economic record, and under delivers on its promises.feedback

Mar 07 2017

They are on the side of working families.feedback

Mar 05 2017

The crisis is here now. We should prepare for Brexit but some of that money now needs to deal with the crisis in the NHS and social care.feedback

Mar 05 2017 - Labour Party

Of course we are building up a succession for the long term future and we have got some really great young talent coming through but they need more experience before eventually they will succeed.feedback

Mar 05 2017 - Labour Party

There must have been people on the end of [Mandelson's] line and the end of that email chain to receive it. Of course. I am willing to talk to anybody. We need advice from everybody.feedback

Mar 05 2017 - Labour Party

So one way of re-establishing some element of openness and transparency would be, why not – over a million, you publish your tax return.feedback

Mar 03 2017 - Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn is trying to transform our society so that it is radically more equal, radically more fair, radically more democratic. The whole media establishment [is] owned by people whose power is entrenched. They are trying to destroy a socialist who is trying to transfer power from the establishment to the people. That is their job to do. The oligarchs are protecting their power base.feedback

Mar 03 2017

That's been a distraction. The various elements that have been coming at us, both in terms of the media, the briefings against us, that sort of thing.feedback

Mar 03 2017

Public services are collapsing around his ears.feedback

Mar 03 2017

In the real world, all of a sudden, NHS in crisis, patients on trolleys, social care nightmare, school budgets cut for the first time since the 1970s, prisons in riots. You look across the whole of the public sector and it's imploded.feedback

Mar 03 2017

These figures are mostly seasonal or the result of the lapsing of members who joined last summer and were unable to vote in the leadership election. But Labour is now the largest party in western Europe and that is because people have joined Labour in record numbers under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, which is something other parties can only dream of matching.feedback

Mar 02 2017

We can turn this country round. That's our mission.feedback

Mar 02 2017

Peter and I worked for the TUC in our youth. Though perhaps we learned different lessons from the experience.feedback

Feb 28 2017

Sneaking out an announcement asking departments to model cuts of 3% and 6% for 2019/20 is no way to manage public spending.feedback

Feb 21 2017

There is no way that this honour should be awarded to someone who has abused women, who has abused members of the Muslim faith, who has abused migrants.feedback

Oct 27 2016 - London

Tory (Conservative) cabinet members are looking to cook up special deals for their friends in the City of London. They want a 'Bankers' Brexit', in the interests of an elite few, not the majority.feedback

Sep 26 2016 - Money laundering

What happened was with the leak of the Panama Papers, we discovered just how the integral links between companies and the City of London and tax evasion, and that's unacceptable. So what we want to do is make sure there's proper enforcement and actually make sure we have a proper legislative base. What's interesting in the City now is that's what a lot of people are saying as well. The good do not want to be brought down by the bad.feedback

Sep 26 2016

What we want to do is make sure we have an economy that's prosperous, but it's got to be fair as well.feedback

Sep 08 2016

There's a new atmosphere now abroad both in terms of business and in terms of the general public that there needs to be more openness and transparency.feedback

Jun 24 2016

A lot of people's grievances are coming out and we have got to start listening to them.feedback

Feb 12 2015

There needs to be care about how they arrive at levels of pay and bonuses themselves.feedback

Feb 12 2015

I just caution people within the banking sector that never again should they want to endure the opprobrium that they had after 2008.feedback

Feb 12 2015

Nothing substantive has changed, the same failed institutions we had before the crash, I believe are all set to fail again. Labour will take a different approach … We will look at ways to break up these failing monopolies and promote alternative sources of finance.feedback

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