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Norman Lamb
Theresa May must stop flip-flopping and do what her party had committed to, implement a £72,000 cap on care. Conservative plans for a dementia tax are cruel and not properly thought through. It shows Theresa May is taking people for granted.feedback
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NEW May 28 2017
Multiple people spoke about British elections 2017 in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Theresa May is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “Our response to this violence must be to come closer together, to help each other, to love more, to sing louder and to live more kindly and generously than we did before. We will not quit or operate in fear. We won't let this divide us. We won't let hate win.”.
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Priti Patel

The fact is he backed the IRA, doesn't support Nato, wouldn't renew Trident, wants to increase immigration and wants to massively increase taxes on working families…Brexit is central to everything; a vote for anyone other than Theresa May puts Corbyn in Downing Street and everything at risk.feedback

Theresa May

The choice that people face at the general election has just become starker. It's a choice between me, working constantly to protect the national interest and to protect our security - and Jeremy Corbyn , who frankly isn't up to the job.feedback

Theresa May

It is vital we do more to cooperate with our partners in the region to step up returns and prosecutions of foreign fighters. This means improving intelligence-sharing, evidence gathering and bolstering countries' police and legal processes. As the military situation on the ground changes more of these fighters may try to return to their original country, and pose a threat there. We need to securely share data on our foreign fighters, such as names and nationalities, so they can be spotted by different countries as they cross borders, and decisions made on whether they should be arrested.feedback

Mark Porter

Our health and social care systems can no longer cope without urgent action. In the run-up to the general election, we call on politicians of all parties not to duck this crisis any longer. This means, as a minimum, immediately bringing investment in line with other leading European countries and outlining credible, long-term plans that will safeguard the future of the fully funded and supported NHS that staff want and patients deserve.feedback

David Axelrod

I'm for grass-roots politics, but if you're going to actually win seats, you need to focus on helping candidates who will be the most potent for the general election. That's one of the reasons there's a competitive race there now.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I never met the IRA. I obviously did meet people from Sinn Fein as indeed I met people from other organisations, and I always made the point that there had to be a dialogue and a peace process. We've had Theresa May promising in three elections to make cuts to immigration. I'm making no promises on that.feedback

Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault and he's chosen to do that just a few days after one of the worst atrocities we have experienced in the United Kingdom. I want to make it clear: there can never ever be an excuse for terrorism. The plan to ensure there was military support for the police is a well prepared plan, developed a while ago so that at a time we go to critical in our threat level that extra support could be made available and that is exactly what happened. Make no mistake, the fight is moving from the battlefield to the internet.feedback

Charles Arthur

After the Manchester attack, there are fresh calls for regulation of Facebook and Google. But what’s needed, specifically, is a rethink of profit-seeking algorithms. Something must be done. Particularly, something must be done about Facebook and YouTube (and to a lesser extent Twitter). That has become the reflexive rallying cry of UK ministers whenever there is a terrorist attack, or when one is thwarted. Theresa May will tell G7 leaders as much at a summit in Sicily today.feedback

Theresa May

There is much debate about what the UK's obligations might be or indeed what our rights might be in terms of money being paid in in the past. We make it clear that we would look at those both rights and obligations.feedback

Debbie Hicks

What has happened in Manchester is awful and my thoughts are with the families. However I can't help thinking this is wonderful timing for Theresa May. It is well known that politicians use events as part of their campaigns or messages.feedback

Theresa May

I am also going to be pushing the UK's agenda on burden-sharing and we are proud, as the UK, that we meet the target of spending 2% of our GDP on defence and 20% of our defence budget on equipment. And other nations must be prepared to take responsibility and that includes more investment in defence.feedback

Theresa May

On the issue of the intelligence sharing with the United States of America, we have a special relationship with the USA. It is our deepest defense and security partnership. Of course, that partnership is built on trust and part of that trust is knowing that intelligence can be shared confidently, and I will be making clear to President Trump today that intelligence that is shared between law enforcement agencies must remain secure.feedback

Theresa May

At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not.feedback

Sam Kriss

Theresa May will only benefit politically from the horrific attack. And that should worry ordinary Brits.feedback

Frances Ryan

The prime minister’s contortions over the last few days leave no room for doubt: retaining power is more important to her than helping those most in need. In a matter of days, Britain’s social care crisis became the Tories’ election crisis. As Theresa May took the fall out of a U-turn on the “dementia tax” – a term adopted with such ease, and so widely, it gives a hint at the failures of the policy – Tory HQ was left clutching at straws. As well as buying Google ad space to “correct” voters searching for “dementia tax”, May has adopted two equally desperate strategies: insisting that “nothing has changed” since the manifesto (as if it hadn’t been published for all to see), and declaring that to suggest otherwise is simply Jeremy Corbyn making “fake claims”.feedback

Theresa May

A strong, capable and united Nato is at the heart of the security of each and every one of our nations. Our unity in responding to common threats is our most potent weapon.feedback

Theresa May

Our unity in responding to common threats is our most potent weapon. We must redouble our resolve to meet the threats to our shared security, whether from terrorism or Russia.feedback

Tony Travers

Criticism leveled at her that she was a Home Office P.M. and perhaps did not have the breadth to understand all the issues a prime minister must is suddenly reversed when there's a terrorist attack, when the Home Office and security are the prime interest of the state, and it fits her. The underlying forces that produce general election results are years in the making and are rarely affected by what happens in campaigns.feedback

Paul Nuttal

These people hate the way we live, hate our freedom and hate our democracy. The best response we can make is to ensure that the democratic process continues and therefore I have decided that we must to go ahead with the launch of the UKIP general election manifesto tomorrow.feedback

Steven Patrick Morrissey

The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop? Theresa May says such attacks 'will not break us' but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an 'extremist'. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?feedback

Theresa May

In the coming days and weeks, there will of course be many events hosted up and down the country. The police will work with the organizers and hosts of these events, to come to a judgment about how they can go ahead while making sure the people who attend them are safe and secure. We will take every measure available to us and provide every additional resource we can to the police and the security services as they work to protect the public.feedback

Paul Nuttall

We are all horrified by the horrific events that took place in Manchester…. But we cannot be cowed or allow our way of life to be undermined by those who wish to do us harm. These people hate the way we live, hate our freedom and hate our democracy. The best response we can make is to ensure that the democratic process continues and therefore I have decided that we must to go ahead with the launch of the Ukip general election manifesto tomorrow. For those who say that nothing must change, but then complain, it is by prolonging the disruption to normality that we allow the terrorists to win.feedback

Theresa May

This means that armed police officers responsible for duties such as guarding key sites will be replaced by members of the armed forces, which will allow the police to significantly increase the number of armed officers on patrol in key locations. You might also see military personnel deployed at certain events, such as concerts and sports matches, helping the police to keep the public safe. In all circumstances, members of the armed forces who are deployed in this way will be under the command of police officers.feedback

Theresa May

I do not want to unduly alarm the members of the public. This morning, I said that the joint terrorism analysis center – the independent organization responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of the intelligence available – was keeping the threat level under constant review. It has now concluded, on the basis of today's investigations, that the threat level should be increased for the time being from severe to critical. It is a possibility that we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack. The terrorists will never win and we will prevail.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

I would like to convey my deepest sympathies to Prime Minister (Theresa) May and to the British people. Today we mourn with you. Tomorrow we will work side by side with you to fight back against those who seek to destroy our way of life. They underestimate ours and your resilience – these cowardly attacks will only strengthen our commitment to work together to defeat the perpetrators of such vile acts.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We have agreed that all national campaigning in the General Election will be suspended until further notice. I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.feedback

Paul Nuttall

Just woken to the terrible news in the heart of my constituency, Manchester. My prayers and thoughts are with those affected. Stay strong. In light of what's happened I have suspended the Ukip General Election campaign.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives. I have spoken with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, who has fully briefed me on the operational response in the city. I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in dealing with last night's appalling events. I have spoken with the Prime Minister and we have agreed that that all national campaigning in the general election will be suspended until further notice.feedback

Theresa May

There is no 'Mayism, . There is good, solid Conservatism.feedback

Mike van Dulken - Accendo Markets

A flat opening call comes as Asian markets react cautiously to yet another terror event, this time in Manchester. This latest horror merely adds to a melting pot of UK frustration as the country deals with ugly election campaigning before a June 8 snap general election and what is sure to be even uglier Brexit negotiations that begin just weeks after. The UK FTSE is holding up for the moment thanks to fresh GBP weaknessas the US Dollar finds support following its Trump-induced sell-off.feedback

Theresa May

We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected. I called an election on this whole issue of trust, because the question that people face is, who do they trust to take this country though the Brexit negotiations?feedback

Theresa May

My manifesto is honest and upfront about our challenges. It includes plans to strengthen the social care system with more and sustainable funding to cope with the long-term pressures caused by the fact that we are an ageing society. We will make sure nobody has to sell their family home to pay for care. We will make sure there's an absolute limit on what people need to pay. And you will never have to go below £100,000 of your savings, so you will always have something to pass on to your family.feedback

Mariano Rajoy

There won't be early elections. The Socialist party changes nothing for me. I'll try and reach agreement with them on issues, but if we don't reach an understanding, so be it.feedback

Theresa May

Nothing has changed! Nothing has changed! We have not changed the principles of our policy that we set out in our manifesto. Those policies remain exactly the same. There will be aspects of how this operates that we will consult on through the Green Paper. We were honest that we were going to have a Green Paper and we would be consulting people about how the system operates. We are providing a system that provides people with dignity in their old age but doing it in a way that is fair across the generations.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

Theresa May has thrown her own election campaign into chaos and confusion. She is unable to stick to her own manifesto for more than four days. And by failing to put a figure for a cap on social care costs, she has only added to the uncertainty for millions of older people and their families.feedback

Tim Farron

May's manifesto meltdown changes nothing. As Theresa May has made clear herself, nothing has changed and her heartless dementia tax remains in place. This is a cold and calculated attempt to pull the wool over people's eyes. Theresa May still wants to take older people's homes to fund social care. Families deserve to know exactly how much of their homes would be up for grabs now, not after the election.feedback

Theresa May

Since my manifesto was published, the proposals have been subject to fake claims made by Jeremy Corbyn. The only things he has left to offer in this campaign are fake claims, fear and scaremongering. So I want to make a further point clear. This manifesto says that we will come forward with a consultation paper, a government green paper. And that consultation will include an absolute limit on the amount people have to pay for their care costs. So let me reiterate. We are proposing the right funding model for social care. We will make sure nobody has to sell their family home to pay for care.feedback

Phil Wilson

Your vote in Sedgefield on June 8 won't affect who is in number 10 on June 9 – but it will effect who is your local MP. I am no supporter of Theresa May and I am no supporter of Jeremy Corbyn – the only people I support are you, the people of Sedgefield constituency. I put local people first. If this means standing up to May, I do. If this means opposing Corbyn, I do. I am for Labour, it is my name on the ballot paper here, not Corbyn.feedback

Theresa May

We don't need to just look like we can walk away, we need to be able to walk away...Under the circumstances, if that was necessary, we would be in a position to do it. There is much debate about what the U.K.'s obligations might be or indeed what our rights might be. We make it clear that we would look at those both rights and obligations.feedback

Theresa May

We think this is the best way [...] to enable more people to stay in their homes.feedback

Theresa May

Nothing has changed from the principles on social care policy that we set out on our manifesto. Just one figure: in 10 years' time, there will be two million more people over the age of 75. Now, our social care system will collapse if we don't do anything about it. I'm not going to bury my head in the sand, I'm not going to play politics with it, which is what Jeremy Corbyn is doing. We have not rewritten the manifesto. The principles on which we have based our social care policy remain absolutely the same.feedback

Giles Tremlett

In October, the government said that by the next general election British expats would be back on the electoral roll. That it hasn’t happened hardly inspires trust. In the rough-and-tumble of democracy, a general election is that magic moment when you kick out a politician who has reneged on their promises, or reward one who has fulfilled them. The genius, or cynicism, of Theresa May’s early election is that, after so few months of government, she has no real record to study.feedback

Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn wants to duck this reality – and play politics. But there will be 2 million more people over 75 years old in Britain over the next decade alone. Our social care system will collapse unless we make some important decisions now about how we fund it. The UK's seat at the negotiating table will be filled by me or Jeremy Corbyn. The deal we seek will be negotiated by me or Jeremy Corbyn. There will be no time to waste and no time for a new government to find its way. So the stakes in this election are high.feedback

Kathleen Brooks - GAIN Capital

While a 9-point lead could still give Theresa May a comfortable victory on 8th June, the fact her lead has been slashed in half in just a few days may reinforce to financial markets that her victory is not a certainty. Another bad PR week ... and the Tories' lead over Labour could fall further into the low single figures, which could encourage sterling selling.feedback

Emma Hartley

Since the general election was announced on 18 April more than 2.3m applications to register have been submitted. We saw similar levels of registration ahead of the referendum, and ahead of the 2015 general election, but because we're working with such a shorter timeframe ahead of the 8 June general election, it's a lot of applications within a shorter number of days. It is a large number of people who are applying. We'll know the final numbers about the size of the electorate after the polls.feedback

Theresa May

We think this is the best way, having looked at it, to enable more people to stay in their homes, because they won't be worried about the cost of care because they know that will be sorted after they have died. But there will be a sum to pass on to their children.feedback

Theresa May

I'm backing those that want a more secure and full life. I'm backing those whose only wish is that their children will do better than themselves.feedback

Theresa May

Because if we don't get this right, the consequences for the United Kingdom and for the economic security of ordinary working people will be dire. If we do, the opportunities ahead are great. And to those that look to their government and their politicians for a little help and support, I'm backing you too. Because too often in the past, ordinary working people have found the help and support they need just isn't there. And I know that sense of disenchantment is particularly acute here in Wales.feedback

Theresa May

We saw that when people here in Wrexham and across Wales chose to ignore the hysterical warnings of Labour, Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat politicians in Cardiff Bay, and voted to leave the EU. We see it now in the way those same politicians refuse to respect that vote as they try to find new ways to put obstacles in our way. And the cause of that emerging gulf is clear. It is because the Labour Party has taken people in Wales for granted for decades - just as it has in other communities across Britain.feedback

Theresa May

That is why we need someone representing Britain who is 100 per cent committed to the cause.feedback

Theresa May

There are just 17 days to go until this crucial General Election. Just 11 days after that, the European Union wants the Brexit negotiations to begin. The UK's seat at the negotiating table will be filled by me or Jeremy Corbyn. The deal we seek will be negotiated by me or Jeremy Corbyn. There will be no time to waste and no time for a new government to find its way. So the stakes in this election are high. Not someone who is uncertain or unsure, but someone utterly determined to deliver the democratic will of the British people.feedback

Theresa May

The cold hard fact is that if I lose just six seats I will lose this election, and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe. For anyone with any doubts about the importance of this election, the events of the past week should have put them to rest. With the publication of the Labour Party's manifesto on Tuesday, and the launch of my own plan on Thursday, it is clearer than ever just how much is at stake.feedback

Boris Johnson

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

Ben Wallace

We want a Prime Minister, not a leader of a protest movement who has opposed nearly every measure to keep this country safe in the last thirty years. The only way to get the strong leadership our country needs through Brexit and beyond is to vote for Theresa May and her Conservative team on June 8.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

First she said we needed a seat at the negotiating table and now she has changed her mind. It seems to me that Ruth Davidson does everything that Theresa May tells her to do. Believe me, she tells me exactly what she thinks.feedback

Willie Rennie

Ruth Davidson called Boris Johnson a liar on three occasions. Now she's standing with Theresa May arguing for a hard Brexit. She's talking about the opportunities that it presents for the country. If Boris was lying then, does that mean Ruth is lying now?feedback

Matthew d'Ancona

A prime minister often dismissed as risk-averse is now pursuing a dramatic break with her party’s history. In the seven years since she became a senior cabinet minister, it has been commonplace to describe Theresa May as risk averse. I have done so myself. Well, no more.feedback

Keith Vaz

In 2015 the Conservatives worked extraordinarily hard to get the ethnic minority vote. Theresa May does not have the same impact because of her immigration policies, especially her student immigration policies.feedback

Theresa May

No, I'm not. We are the party that believes in low taxation, recognises the importance of the strength of the economy - and that does mean ensuring business is supported.feedback

Theresa May

We were about to walk down a ramp and he said 'take my arm'. And then as we went down the ramp he took my hand. So there we are, that's what happened. But do I regret actually going shortly after the inauguration to see the new President of the country with which we have the deepest security and defence partnership. No, I think that partnership is very important for our security but also for the security of others. Look, it's not for me to comment on what is happening in Congress or what is happening in terms of internal American politics.feedback

Theresa May

Obviously the ability to speak English is an important part of that because if you don't speak English well then you will be less likely to be able to participate in general things that other people do, like speaking to your GP and speaking to your children's teachers.feedback

Theresa May

Well, obviously it's a full-on job in terms of the amount of time it takes. It is a job like no other.feedback

Theresa May

Yes, I do pray, but I don't go into details about how often and so forth. I'm a regular practising member of the Church of England.feedback

Theresa May

I've always been a Conservative and what we are doing is in the mainstream of political thinking in this country. Now, I do approach things in a different way - in the sense that my thinking on every job I do is just get in there, do the best I can and get on with it. This was one of the proposals that we had in our Green Paper on greater diversity in schools and the independent sector is already starting to respond positively to that. So I'm sure we're going to be able to work with them.feedback

Theresa May

I think if you are a person of faith, then faith underpins how you approach life.feedback

Theresa May

Yes, we've put that option into the manifesto, but actually I am confident that we will see the independent sector responding.feedback

Theresa May

What we've seen, sadly, is a limited number of instances where the public would feel that someone has been given an honour and then perhaps not met the standards of integrity that they would expect. I think we just need to look at what should be done. We see sportsmen and celebrities who make great contributions to our national life and to the standing of the United Kingdom. We also see people who work really hard in their local community, perhaps on a voluntary basis, making a real difference to people's lives. We want to make sure that contributions are properly recognised.feedback

Theresa May

The issue of public confidence in the public system is something that's been there from some time.feedback

Theresa May

The prospect of him walking through the door of Number 10, flanked by John McDonnell and Diane Abbott and propped up by the Liberal Democrat and nationalist parties, should scare us all. And make no mistake, it could happen. The cold hard fact is that if I lose just six seats I will lose this election, and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe. Yet with his manifesto this week, he has demonstrated that he is simply not up to the job of leading Britain through the critical years ahead.feedback

Theresa May

Any decision that is taken about UK action in relation to [Assange] were he to leave the Ecuadorian embassy would be an operational matter for the police.feedback

Damian Green

Given this huge historic task, you have got a pretty stark choice of leaders – Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn – and that is what we are pointing out to the country. No negotiation has ever succeeded without an element of compromise and similarly no compromise ever satisfies everyone 100%. I am sure that all sensible people recognise that first of all there is a deal to be done that is mutually beneficial. That is the first thing you need.feedback

Theresa May

There is much debate about what the UK's obligations might be or indeed what our rights might be in terms of money being paid in in the past. We make it clear that we would look at those both rights and obligations. There's the investment bank, there's the investment fund, there are various areas. This will be, as you know, an important part of the negotiations.feedback

Simon Hughes - The Telegraph

But after having voted to give Theresa May a blank cheque for Brexit, Labour is now is refusing to help vulnerable families cope. It is a double betrayal.feedback

John Woodcock

The policy on this is settled. There's a defence review at the start of every parliament. I think the Conservative government will do one when they return to office after 8 June. This is a very unusual situation for the country to be in, but I have taken the decision to be honest and say that we know nationally what the result of this election is going to be. We know that Theresa May called this election because she's 20 points ahead in the polls and she's going to be prime minister after the election.feedback

Paul Nuttall

I don't believe that she (Theresa May) will get the best deal possible for Britain, I believe she will begin to backslide.feedback

Gurnek Bains

In this general election, political leaders have failed to challenge the assumption that less immigration would be good for Britain. It might help particular politicians win elections but voters and our national interests will be the losers. There are now political leaders from across the political spectrum who either pretend lower immigration will solve every problem or connive in this deceit. These politicians are not only selling voters short - they are selling our country short too.feedback

Theresa May

I offer myself as your Prime Minister. Come with me as I lead Britain, strengthen my hand as I fight for Britain, stand with me as I deliver for Britain, and with confidence in ourselves and a unity of purpose in our country, let us all go forward together.feedback

Tim Farron

The Tories are utter hypocrites. How can they take cash off English pensioners and then give it to Scottish pensioners? It looks like a cheap election bung and it won't wash. It is utterly scandalous that the Conservatives want to axe the triple lock and now do this. Theresa May and her ministers are just taking pensioners and their votes for granted. They don't seem to care about them.feedback

Theresa May

Well, we have devolution in the United Kingdom and as a government we have given the Scottish Government significant powers in relation to welfare, and they make a number of decisions about various welfare benefits in Scotland. The decision we have made about winter fuel payments is that we will continue to ensure that the least well-off pensioners are supported but there is a principle of fairness. You see well-off pensioners getting help with their fuel bill and struggling ordinary families not having that help available.feedback

Jamie Oliver

It's awful, it's awful. [Theresa May] will regret it. We know the diseases that the NHS are overtly paying for now and being punished for and crucified now on cost, which is largely obesity, type 2 diabetes and diet-related diseases. This tracks from childhood. It doesn't just happen [during adulthood], it tracks from childhood. As far as I see it … the school is at the front line of the fight against obesity and diet-related disease.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

It’s bad news for the Labour party. Despite the popularity of its general election manifesto proposals, credibility matters more. By rights, Labour should be on course for a landslide win on 8 June. The manifestos of the two main parties are now out, and Labour promises lots of things that people really like, while the Conservatives are offering bitter medicine that will especially hurt those who turn out in big numbers: the old. Surely voters will pick the party of sweet over the party of sour.feedback

Theresa May

As Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, I care just as much about the futures of children from Ayrshire and Angus as I do about the futures of children in Kent or Carlisle. I want everyone in our country to have the chance to live secure and prosperous lives, and reach their full potential. That is because of a simple truth. Across the United Kingdom, we may be four nations, but at heart we are one people. We all have a stake in each other's success.feedback

Gary Lynch

The news on corporation tax is music to the ears of business. European leaders and officials have warned the Government against slashing taxes after Brexit – speaking at the World Economic Forum in January, Germany's Finance Minister said Theresa May would not be taken seriously by world leaders if she turned Brexit Britain into a low-tax competitor off Europe's coast.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Tory MPs from Scotland will be rubber-stamps for whatever Theresa May wants them to do, so if we want to have strong voices of opposition standing up for Scotland given the big challenges that lie ahead, then we need to make sure that there are SNP voices doing that.feedback

Theresa May

Only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the strength and credibility to stand up to the Nationalists and defend our United Kingdom.feedback

Albrecht Ritschl

A phased Brexit using Efta as a stepladder to put integration with the EU into reverse would give Theresa May a symbolic clear break with the EU at an early stage of the exit process, since Britain would no longer be subject to the rulings of the European court of justice. At the same time it would protect a legal framework for the further negotiating of a free trade deal, since Efta has its own court of arbitration in Berne.feedback

John McDonnell

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

John McDonnell

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

Daniel Mahoney

While it is quite understandable that Theresa May wants fiscal wriggle room during the Brexit negotiations, this fiscal target is disappointing. It should be seen as a 'worst case' scenario. The next government must aim to achieve a budget surplus at an earlier date.feedback

Theresa May

There is no 'Mayism'...There is good solid Conservatism, which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do. The negotiations will undoubtedly be tough, and there will be give and take on both sides, but we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK. It is ...a portrait of the kind of country I want (Britain) ...to be after Brexit as we chart our own way in the world.feedback

Theresa May

It's true to say the Chancellor and I and every other member of my team are focused on June 8. Our focus is on winning this General Election because it matters for the future of our country. As Philip says we have worked together for many years. Longer than we would care to identify – that's an age-related comment, nothing else.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May, why not debate me? The public deserves to see a debate between the only two people who could form the next government.feedback

Tim Farron

The fact that Theresa May isn't here tells you she is taking you for granted, she thinks she owns this result. She thinks she owns our country, owns our future and owns our children's future. Democracy did not end on 23 June. None of us know what the outcome is going to be, someone will sign off that deal, either the politicians or the people – I trust the people.feedback

Ben Harris-Quinney

Theresa May is capable of delivering that, but she won't find the answers in Ed Miliband's manifesto.feedback

Theresa May

Rather than pursue an agenda based on a supposed centre ground defined and established by elites in Westminster, we will govern in the interests of the mainstream of the British public. Margaret Thatcher was a Conservative, I am a Conservative, this is a Conservative manifesto. There is good solid Conservatism that puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government.feedback

Martin Kettle

The prime minister offers a new kind of conservatism, promoting good government over free markets. But she lacks a broad base of support across her party. At the end of her election manifesto launch press conference in Halifax, Theresa May was asked whether the document she had just launched embodied something we could now describe as “Mayism”. Her reply was emphatic. “There is no Mayism,” she intoned, “there is good solid conservatism which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government.”.feedback

Paul Nuttall

You're saying I'm the spokesman for Theresa May, I don't believe she'll get the best possible deal for Britain. I think she'll backslide on fisheries, I think she'll sell out our fishermen once again like a former Tory prime minister did in Ted Heath. I believe there'll be some sort of dodgy deal over free movement.feedback

Theresa May

The more seats we win on June 8 the stronger Scotland's voice will be.feedback

Theresa May

Allows us to reduce and control the number of people who come to Britain, while still allowing us to attract the skilled workers our economy needs.feedback

Theresa May

There is no Mayism. I know you journalists like to write about it. There is good, solid Conservatism which puts the interests of the country and the interests of ordinary working people at the heart of everything we do in government. Margaret Thatcher was a Conservative, I'm a Conservative, this is a Conservative manifesto.feedback

Sarah Olney

Margaret Thatcher was know as the 'milk snatcher'. Theresa May will go down as the lunch snatcher. People are rightly sceptical of politicians who claim to have easy answers to deeply complex problems. It is the responsibility of leaders to be straight with people about the challenges ahead and the hard work required to overcome them.feedback

Theresa May

I think it's true to say, that the Chancellor and I, and every other member of our team, are focused on June 8.feedback

Craig Westwood

Anyone who is eligible to vote at the General Election should be able to take part. However, if you're not registered to vote by the deadline of 22 May, then you won't be able to have your say. We're urging anyone not yet registered to do so as soon as possible.feedback

Theresa May

Decisions about what President Trump discusses with anybody that he has in the White House is a matter for President Trump. We continue to work with the United States and continue to share intelligence with the United States as we do with others around the world because we are all working together to deal with the threats that we face.feedback

Theresa May

We have a very special relationship with the United States of America, this is the most important defence and security relationship we have around the world. We continue to work together and we have confidence in that relationship with the United States, and it helps to keep us all safer. We continue to work with the United States and continue to share intelligence with the United States, as we do with others around the world, because we are all working together to deal with the threats that we face.feedback

Len McCluskey - Unite

People like me are always optimistic… things can happen. But I don't see Labour winning. I believe that if Labour can hold on to 200 seats or so it will be a successful campaign. It will mean that Theresa May will have had an election, will have increased her majority but not dramatically.feedback

Geoff Barton

I'm sure you will appreciate these communications would be helpful. It is hard to see how providing factual information about the new GCSE grading system could influence the outcome of the general election. There needs to be a sustained communication campaign to inform people about this very significant change … This delay is unnecessary and unhelpful.feedback

Leo Vradkar

His dedication and determination gave Fine Gael a landslide in that year's general election. But more importantly, he brought this country back from the brink of economic collapse, and offered political stability when countries across Europe were staring into the abyss.feedback

Norman Lamb

Instead of £350m a week for the NHS, under the Conservatives we've seen the health service being gradually run into the ground. The NHS cannot take five years of a Conservative landslide that would give Theresa May free rein to cut services further at your local hospital.feedback

Leo Varadkar

Enda gave hope to a battered and bruised Ireland in 2011. His dedication and determination gave Fine Gael a landslide in that year's general election. But more importantly he brought this country back from the brink of economic collapse, and offered politically stability when countries across Europe were staring into the abyss.feedback

Simon Woolley

The data doesn't lie, Corbyn needs the black vote to save his skin. In 31 out of the top 50 marginal seats in the country, the number of black voters there absolutely dwarfs the majority that the MP holds. A lot of people might have written him off, but if he can get underground and mop up hundreds and thousands of those young votes, who knows what might happen? Even Theresa May knows those votes matter: why else do you think she's started promising to lower the pay gap between young people and the rest of society?feedback

Tim Farron

But that's not the future Theresa May is offering you. If you want to know the most revealing thing that has been said during this election, look at Nigel Farage's Twitter. Theresa May is using the exact words and phrases I've been using for twenty years.feedback

Tim Farron

And there was definitely nothing on the ballot paper that said we would turn our allies into enemies. Yet here we are, with our government making accusations of our neighbours and even threatening war with Spain. The choices Theresa May makes – and the compromises she negotiates with bureaucrats in Brussels – will affect our children's future for decades to come. My children, your children, Malcolm's grandchildren. In June last year we voted for a departure, but we didn't vote for a destination. So I want you to have your choice over your future.feedback

Tim Farron

And, as it happens, I liked Malcolm too. Once he stopped shouting at me. But here's the difference between me and Theresa May – I want Malcolm, and everyone in Preston, and every single one of you, to have your say over what comes next. Nobody knows what Brexit will look like. The choices Theresa May will make will affect your life and our country for decades – your job, your weekly shop, your environment, your safety, where you can travel to and where you can live.feedback

Tim Farron

A couple of weeks ago, in Kidlington near Oxford, I met a guy called Malcolm. I say met…he came up to me in the street and started shouting at me. You might have seen it on the news. Or the Internet. In the end we actually got along. But he was angry with me for not getting behind Theresa May and backing Brexit. I think I calmed him down a bit when we spoke, but I don't think I changed his mind.feedback

Philip Hammond

Of course we're going to borrow for capital or infrastructure. But we've set out our fiscal rules in the autumn statement. You'll have to wait and see in the manifesto what we say about fiscal rules going forward. Theresa May has made it clear on many occasions that she believes in fiscal discipline.feedback

Tim Farron

A vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain's future. Imagine a brighter future. You don't have to accept Theresa May and Nigel Farage's extreme version of Brexit that will wreck the future for you, your family, your schools and hospitals. In the biggest fight for the future of our country in a generation, Jeremy Corbyn's Labour has let you down by voting with Theresa May on Brexit – not against her.feedback

Theresa May

We must not be complacent and I am not complacent. I will not take anything for granted and neither will the team I lead, because there is too much at stake.feedback

Theresa May

That's what we want to ensure when we look at the help that we're giving to people with any disability is that particularly we focus on those who are most in need, so that we're helping those who are most in need.feedback

Giles Kenningham

Running David Cameron’s 2015 campaign helped to show me that a good soundbite will cut through, and capture a moment in time. In 2015 a seemingly innocuous comment from David Cameron’s kitchen table almost derailed his entire general election campaign. He let slip in an interview with the BBC’s James Landale that he would stand down before 2020 if he was re-elected as prime minister. The admission sparked days of frenzied speculation on who would take over, throwing a very large spanner into our carefully planned news “grid”. We were concerned it would dominate the election, but thankfully Labour failed to make political capital out of the issue.feedback

Alun Cairns

Theresa May will ensure that economic prosperity is spread across the United Kingdom and this clear commitment will guarantee that links are strengthened and enhanced between the natural economic areas of South Wales and the South West of England.feedback

Theresa May

So as well as extra money going into the NHS we need to make sure we are spending is being spent as effectively as possible with an absolute focus on patient care. I didn't actually see any of them but I'm told it was in the realms of claims that weren't accurate. So it is a concern. But social media does bring huge benefits as well. I have never been fox hunting. If I am elected I will certainly serve my full term. I am pretty certain it (Brexit) can be done in those two years. A new parliament will take us through to 2022 which is three years beyond the 2019 and I will be round.feedback

Theresa May

I inject five times a day, . I am a type one diabetic. That means when I eat, I have to inject insulin, which I do. I will be injecting myself four or five times a day... You just get into a routine. You depend on that insulin and you just build that routine into your daily life. The crucial thing to me is being a diabetic doesn't stop you from doing anything. Overall in the five years from 2015 to 2020 we are spending half a trillion pounds on the NHS.feedback

Theresa May

The atrocious violence that is being shown against civilians in Syria is at the hands of the Assad regime, and no one should forget that.feedback

Theresa May

We have got a lot of plans for people for people with mental health…. And learning difficulties. Because… I haven't got a carer at the moment and I am angry. I would like somebody to help me because I can't do everything that I want to do. Talk about everybody, not just me, I am talking for everybody who has got mental health problems and everybody who has got learning difficulties. I want them not to have their money taken away from them and being crippled. The fat cats keep the money and us lot get nothing!feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

This is about having a health service for the many. In the past seven years the Tories have driven our National Health Service into crisis. A&E departments are struggling to cope. Waiting lists are soaring and, and as we saw last week, Tory cuts have exposed patient services to cyber attack. Imagine what would happen to the NHS if the Conservatives under Theresa May were to have another five years in power. It would be unrecognisable: a national health service in name, cut back, broken up and plundered by private corporations. Only Labour will put the NHS back on its feet.feedback

Christian Kern

There is no ambition left. We all know that. Why are we talking? I am very sure that there will be elections this Autumn.feedback

Sebastian Kurz

From my point of view, the first step must be that we make an unanimous decision for elections to be brought forward. By doing this we can stop the endless election campaign, which has started in the past couple of months, and make sure this doesn't go on for another year.feedback

Tim Bale

It is difficult to know where Nick Timothy ends and Theresa May begins, because Theresa May has never given anything much away, so people make the assumption there is someone else behind it.feedback

Theresa May

My view is that it should be a free vote for parliament so members of parliament individually should be able to exercise their view on this matter. During the Conservative Party leadership campaign, we started to see some pretty nasty videos being sent round about me. I didn't actually see any of them but I'm told it was in the realms of claims that weren't accurate. So it is a concern. But social media does bring huge benefits as well. If I am elected I will certainly serve my full term. I am pretty certain it (Brexit) can be done in those two years.feedback

Theresa May

The fact that different ethnic groups are being paid less for doing the same jobs is an injustice which cannot be allowed in 21st-century Britain. My plan will deliver a fairer deal for all workers, by extending rights and protections, guaranteeing rises in the national living wage and delivering a strong and stable economy.feedback

Alistair Carmichael

Instead of spying on the entire population's web histories and undermining the encryption that, for example, allows us to bank online safely, Liberal Democrats would put money back into community policing and concentrate on intelligence-led, targeted surveillance. A Conservative landslide would give Theresa May a blank cheque to implement these draconian spying powers and Labour have shown they are incapable of opposing them. A strong Liberal Democrat opposition is crucial to challenge this government, stand up for people's civil liberties and change Britain's future.feedback

Theresa May

What I can do is ensure that we are giving more help to people with mental health problems and learning disabilities and that is exactly what we are doing and we made an announcement the other day.feedback

Theresa May

No. It was clear warnings were given to hospital trusts but this is not something that focused on attacking the NHS here on the UK. Europol say there are 200,000 victims across the world. Cyber security is an issue that we need to address. That's why the Government, when we came into Government in 2010, put money into cyber security. It's why we are putting £2 billion into cyber security over the coming years and, of course, created the National Cyber Security Centre. We take cyber security seriously.feedback

Chris Hopson

The quick rush by some to lay the blame on 'incompetent NHS managers' is disappointing. It feels like the usual NHS bashing and is unsupported by evidence. This unfortunate blame game may in part be down to the fact that we are in the middle of a general election campaign.feedback

Theresa May

No. It was clear (that) warnings were given to hospital trusts. We take cyber security seriously.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I'm not going to put any figures on it, Theresa May has done that for, this is now the third General Election she's promised figures none of which she's come anywhere near to achieving. Clearly the free movement ends when we leave the European Union but there will be managed migration and it will be fair. There will be a strategic defence review as all governments have done when they come in to office which will look at all aspects of our defence strategy. I consider myself well paid for what I do and I am wanting to say to everyone who's well off, make your contribution to our society.feedback

Theresa May

There is only one leader at this election who will put rights and opportunities for ordinary working families first. The choice next month is clear: economic stability and a better deal for workers under my Conservative team, or chaos under Jeremy Corbyn, whose nonsensical policies would trash the economy and destroy jobs. First, while it is important that the voices of workers and consumers should be represented, I can categorically tell you this is not about mandating works councils, or the direct appointment of workers or trade union representatives on boards.feedback

Christian Kern

It was the case from the first day onwards that there was a group within the OVP that wanted to work with us (Social Democrats) constructively ... and then there were some who were less interested in this government succeeding. They have now prevailed within the OVP.feedback

Christian Kern

There will definitely ... be an election, I assume in the coming autumn. The OVP ended the coalition on Friday. I have difficulty picturing a scenario in which we could put together a stable minority government. It would possibly have a numerical majority but probably not a political majority.feedback

Christian Kern

A working relationship with the Freedom Party would be a novelty for the SPO and we will therefore now discuss that internally in a sensitive way.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

Public sector workers are facing a double blow at the hands of this Conservative government, with years of pitiful increases to pay combined with a Brexit squeeze caused by soaring inflation. Our NHS and schools are already struggling to recruit the staff they need. Living standards are falling, prices are rising and nurses are going to food banks, but Theresa May doesn't care. A better future is available. We will stand up for our schools and hospitals and give hard-working nurses, teachers and police the pay rise they deserve.feedback

Theresa May

A Conservative Government led by me will not duck the big challenges we face as a nation and there are few issues that are greater than the need for good-quality, affordable housing. Whether you rent or buy, everyone needs the security of a place to call home but too many ordinary working families are stuck on council waiting lists, facing unaffordable rents and struggling to save for that first deposit. That's why we will fix the broken housing market and support local authorities and housing associations to build a new generation of council homes right across the country.feedback

Dan Lewis

Since Theresa May took over, it's back-pedalled a bit. Certainly there's a sensitivity about it looking like a London project – but you can't ignore the national importance.feedback

Paul Nuttall

All of those people who voted Leave on June 23 will come back to UKIP in their droves. I have got a lot of things to do. When I came to the job I said I would restructure the party, rebrand the party, change how it works, professionalise. This General Election has unfortunately come too soon for those new ways of doing things but there will be big changes at the conference in September.feedback

John Healey

Theresa May has been at every cabinet since 2010 and can't sidestep her share of the blame for the Tory housing crisis. The number of homeowners has fallen by 200,000, homelessness has more than doubled and new affordable housebuilding is at a near record low.feedback

Gordon Brown

Theresa May says she wants to strengthen her hand in negotiations with Europe but she won't tell us what that hand is. What she wants is a free hand, a blank cheque, carte blanche to do whatever she wants to. No prime minster should ever be given a blank cheque. That is more poverty than even under Mrs Thatcher. Mrs May's Britain will have more poverty and inequality than even the poverty we saw in the Thatcher/Major years.feedback

Tom Watson

If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls that she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority. A Conservative government with a 100 majority … It will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be usual checks and balances of democracy... all those things go out the window. You end up with governance by Theresa May without much accountability – and I don't think anybody wants that. He often swims against the tide and that is why he is his own man.feedback

Theresa May

This is not targeted at the NHS, it's an international attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected. The National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with NHS Digital to ensure they support the organisations concerned and that they protect patient safety. We are not aware of any evidence that patient data has been compromised.feedback

Theresa May

We are aware that a number of NHS organisations have reported that they have suffered from a ransomware attack. This is not targeted at the NHS, it's an international attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected. The National Cyber Security Centre is working closely with NHS digital to ensure that they support the organisations concerned and that they protect patient safety. And, we are not aware of any evidence that patient data has been compromised.feedback

Theresa May

Unlike a coalition of chaos and instability led by Jeremy Corbyn, we are prepared to face up to the big long-term challenges facing this country. The internet has brought a wealth of opportunity but also significant new risks which have evolved faster than society's response to them. We want social media companies to do more to help redress the balance and will take action to make sure they do. These measures will help make Britain the best place in the world to start and run a digital business, and the safest place in the world for people to be online.feedback

Theresa May

This is not targeted at the [National Health Service]. It's an international attack, and a number of countries and organizations have been affected.feedback

Tom Watson

It is going be very, very difficult... but we are determined to do it. A lot of local MPs are running on a good track record. If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls that she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority. A Conservative government with a 100 majority... it will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be the usual checks and balances of democracy... all those things go out of the window.feedback

Andrew Rawnsley

If Labour had any respect for its own history, it would have a better idea about how elections are won. It is a stubborn fact of the past 80 years of Labour history that only three people have had the privilege of winning a general election in the party’s name. Two of those people are long deceased. The third still breathes, but much of his party has recently behaved as if they wish their only living winner were dead.feedback

Karl McCartney - Lincoln

It is shocking to now learn that a Labour MP was being investigated over election expenses from the 2015 general election but that this fact was never made public by either the Electoral Commission nor CPS.feedback

John O'Dowd

The arrogance of Theresa May is astounding, visiting the Balmoral show while her Tory cabinet is planning to impose Brexit on the north which will be disastrous for our farming and agrifood industries. Since taking office, Theresa May has visited the north once, taken one media question and then departed. Now that Ms May has ticked a box and visited the north one more time for the election, she will jet off home and continue to ignore the democratic wishes of the people here.feedback

Theresa May

We have got to make sure we do resolve the issue of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I'm very clear that we want to see no return to the borders of the past, no hard border, but I'm clear that we need to see as seamless and frictionless a border as possible. There's goodwill on all sides.feedback

Theresa May

On the tactical side of it, because everybody is expecting a landslide, if we were able to show through our campaign that we got people to tactically vote and it brought the landslide down to a 20-30 majority, we would have done an incredible job. Lots of people say there's no point. I understand that, but I've got to do something.feedback

Tom Watson

I've run a lot of by-elections and elections in my time for the Labour party and I know what it is like. It is going be very, very difficult to turn the poll numbers around, but we are determined to do it. If we get to 8 June and [Theresa May] still commands the lead in the polls that she had at the start of the election, she will command a Margaret Thatcher-style majority.feedback

Theresa May

This (the Wanna Cry cyberattack) was not targeted at the NHS, it's an international attack and a number of countries and organisations have been affected.feedback

Theresa May

Next week when we release our manifesto we will set out in detail the five great challenges we face over the next five years and lay out what we are going to do to tackle them. We will make it clear that we cannot continue to duck these important challenges and we will be straight with people about the trade-offs we must sometimes make.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The global situation is becoming more dangerous. The US is the strongest military power on the planet by a very long way. It has a special responsibility to use its power with care and to support international efforts to resolve conflicts collectively and peacefully. Waiting to see which way the wind blows in Washington isn't strong leadership. And pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability. This is the fourth general election in a row to be held while Britain is at war and our armed forces are in action in the Middle East and beyond.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

They [the Conservatives] have not increased our security at home – rather the opposite – and they have caused destabilisation and devastation abroad. Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country's security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House. So no more hand-holding with Donald Trump – a Labour government will conduct a robust and independent foreign policy made in London. This is the fourth general election in a row to be held while Britain is at war and our armed forces are in action in the Middle East and beyond.feedback

David Cheetham

The general trend hasn't really changed. The pound's been quite well suppported ever since it broke higher on the news that Theresa May called the snap election.feedback

Theresa May

We do face a challenge of an ageing population and how we can ensure that we provide for that ageing population. I think there are short-term, medium-term and long-term solutions. (There is) a long-term issue about the sustainability of social care, for the long-term.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

If you vote for Theresa May, you get a coalition of risk and uncertainty with Donald Trump.feedback

Tom Watson

A Conservative government with a 100 majority … It will be very hard for them to be held to account in the House of Commons. It means there won't be usual checks and balances of democracy ... all those things go out the window. You end up with governance by Theresa May without much accountability – and I don't think anybody wants that. He often swims against the tide and that is why he is his own man. The Vote Leave people used 'take back control' for a reason, because there are millions of people in the country who feel powerless, who feel that government is not listening to them.feedback

Joseph Harker

Of course he has flaws, but this is a straight fight between five more years of Theresa May, and a genuinely progressive Labour manifesto. There’s no contest. The election of Emmanuel Macron was met with relief by liberals and progressives across Britain. Not that they were necessarily in love with all the ex-banker’s policies, but it meant that at least France, and Europe, was saved from a hard rightwinger whose election would have sowed division and inflamed tensions.feedback

Theresa May

I will be reaching out to all those who have been abandoned by Labour and let down by government for too long. I will be doing everything I can to earn their trust. My commitment to them is this: If you put your trust in me, back me, I will work every day to build a better future for your family and our country. If you put your trust in me, back me, I will strive to be a leader worthy of our great country.feedback

Theresa May

We are a party who believes we are trying to ensure we have low taxes rather than the instinct of the Labour Party, which is to put taxes up. As a government, we will go into government with no plans to increase the level of tax. But as I say, what I would want to do, my instinct would be to find ways of reducing tax on working families. But of course in order to do that we need to ensure we've got the strength of economy and keep the economy going, a growing economy.feedback

Tony Blair

The absolutely central question at this general election is less who is the prime minister on June 9 and more what is the nature of the mandate … because otherwise frankly this is a steamroller election.feedback

Theresa May

It's been very sad, it just turned out not to be possible for us. Of course, we are not the only couple that finds ourselves in that situation and when you do I suppose you just get on with life. We've got nephews and nieces. I look at some of my Parliamentary colleagues and people who have been in the Cabinet who had children and yes, they do apply themselves, they are just very well organised. I think that is the key thing. No, because, it's difficult to explain in simple words but actually the faith was there and did provide support for me through those difficult times.feedback

Theresa May

So far during this campaign, we have learned one thing about Jeremy Corbyn: proud and patriotic working class people in towns and cities across Britain have not deserted the Labour Party - Jeremy Corbyn has deserted them. Millions of people here in the north east of England, and across our country, have loyally given the Labour Party their allegiance for generations. I respect that. We respect that parents and grandparents taught their children and grandchildren that Labour was a party that shared their values and stood up for their community.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

I had been rather taken in by the straight-forward Theresa May, who I thought meant what she said. I sort of believed the mystique, this is someone who means what they say and doesn't play silly games. … So I was surprised.feedback

Tim Farron

I thought in 2010 we had no choice, actually. I wasn't an enthusiast, [but] I thought there was a national emergency, a risk of financial meltdown. Certainly now, there is no appetite. The difference with Theresa May and her approach to Brexit, the extreme Ukip-style Brexit, is so profound there is no way we could possibly work with her.feedback

Jane Golding

There is consternation, and anger, at the failure by the government to honour its 2015 general election manifesto pledge to introduce votes for life.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

Gordon Brown was absolutely right when he said Jeremy Corbyn can't provide the leadership our country needs, that he would put our economy at risk and cozy up to our enemies. We'd all pay the price with higher taxes, fewer jobs and more waste and debt. Only a vote for Theresa May on 8 June can provide the strong and stable leadership we need to see us through Brexit and beyond – and build on the progress we have made with a record high employment rate, a new National Living Wage, and more money than ever for the NHS.feedback

Theresa May

Every single vote for me and Conservative candidates will be a vote that strengthens my hand in the negotiations for Brexit.feedback

Frances Ryan

With wages stagnant and more children growing up in poverty, there’s a place for Labour to reach voters who want a better Britain. No matter how exceptional the circumstances of Brexit and austerity, or how much is currently at stake, this election, like any other, can be boiled down to one thing: how politics resonates with voters’ lives. We saw it with the leave campaign’s “take back control” – a message that simultaneously spoke to fears and hopes – and hear it each time Theresa May positions herself as “strong and stable”. And, inconveniently for the Conservatives, it sits at the heart of the most important matter of all: in Britain today, millions of voters work hard, week in week out, but are struggling more than ever before.feedback

Theresa May

We have always taken the view that we can help more Syrian refugees by putting aid into the region.feedback

Theresa May

That is why, if elected on June 8, I will ensure that the UK continues to spend at least 2 per cent of GDP on defence and that the budget rises every year. Under my leadership the Conservatives will ensure that the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have the equipment and resources they need to keep our country safe – and that we meet our obligations to the world. But a strong military is only possible with a strong economy, and Jeremy Corbyn would put both at risk if he makes it to Downing Street propped up by the Lib Dems and SNP in a coalition of chaos.feedback

Theresa May

Every vote for me and my local candidates is a vote that strengthens our hand in those Brexit negotiations. And just stop for a minute to think what the alternative would be - to risk making Jeremy Corbyn our prime minister. Can you picture it? Jeremy Corbyn, sitting at the negotiating table with the combined might of the European Commission and 27 other European countries ranged against him? I want you to be out there on those streets leaving no stone unturned, no street un-walked down, no door un-knocked on.feedback

Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn would put both at risk if he makes it to Downing Street propped up by the Lib Dems and SNP in a coalition of chaos. Only a vote for me and my Conservative team will deliver the strong and stable leadership that is vital for our national security.feedback

Yvonne McLellan

Theresa May knows she can rely on self-interested wealthy donors and campaigners who're allowed to break the spending rules without fear of prosecution. Greens don't work that way, and we're not in the pockets of the super-rich. That's why we are targeting our resources to build on our strong support in Glasgow North and in Edinburgh North and Leith, and also build support for the case against fracking in Falkirk. Greens across Scotland will support efforts in these constituencies, offering a bold alternative to the other parties.feedback

Theresa May

Tuition fees will remain but the question you have to ask the Labour party is how do they actually pay for all of this they are proposing. I've talked about my personal story [in further education] because many politicians have talked about parity of esteem, but they've not touched FE. Because they've not felt the transformative effect that FE has.feedback

Theresa May

When I was a mum at 16, I was made to feel that that's it. There was nothing left for me. I'd failed at secondary school and there was no option for me to go back and to be good at anything. Whereas FE gave me the opportunity to get a vocational qualification in care and get back into the workforce.feedback

Nick Vamos - Cps

We have considered files of evidence from 14 police forces in respect of allegations relating to Conservative Party candidates' expenditure during the 2015 General Election campaign. We reviewed the files in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and have concluded the tests in the Code are not met and no criminal charges have been authorised.feedback

Sarah Olney

Children are being taught in overcrowded classes by overworked teachers - but Theresa May doesn't care. While funding per pupil is set to see the biggest cuts in a generation, billions of pounds are being spent on divisive plans to expand grammars and free schools. This extra £7 billion of funding would ensure no school and no child loses out. We will reverse crippling Conservative cuts to school budgets and invest to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.feedback

Theresa May

Sometimes people say to me that doing something like that doesn't sound very Conservative. My response to that is when it comes to looking at supporting working people what matters is not an ideology, what matters is doing what you believe to be right and I think something like that could make a real difference to people and a real difference to people's lives.feedback

Theresa May

What matters is doing what you believe to be right. I believe that we should be doing something to curb rip off energy bills and I suspect there are many people here who get fed up with the way that energy prices keep on rising and yet the energy companies seem to make more and more profits.feedback

Theresa May

It is clearly unsatisfactory that families should have to go to court to quash an IPCC report in order to secure a second investigation into the death of a loved one.feedback

Theresa May

I don't think any government can ever promise that no bill is going to go up year on year. But what we want to make sure is that in relation to energy it will be determined by an independent regulator, it will be making sure that there are not these sudden and unexpected and significant hikes in prices. No. First of all, we are Conservatives. We believe in free markets and competition, but we want to see competition working.feedback

Joe Anderson

Today, we are reminded the Labour Party is not always a meritocracy. But we will continue to campaign for the general election, after which there will be more to say.feedback

James MacKessack-Leitch

At any normal election we would be proud to field candidates and run a positive campaign, however, this is no normal election. This General Election has been called for naked party political purposes as the Tories attempt to crush Labour in England and Wales. This immature behaviour has no relevance in the Highlands and Islands, let alone Scotland or Northern Ireland, but will only serve to increase voter apathy and anger at the way politics is conducted in this country, at a time when there are far bigger issues at stake.feedback

David Wearing

Emmanuel Macron has condemned France’s behaviour in Algeria. Until Britain is similarly honest about its history, we will still think in terms of “us” and “them”Both Ukip and Theresa May trumpeted their anti-immigrant credentials yesterday, with fresh and not-so-fresh policies for the election. Hostility to foreigners is now an established theme in the UK’s political discourse, partly because it has deep cultural roots. But there may be something we can learn from Emmanuel Macron about how this problem can be addressed.feedback

Theresa May

Like millions of working families, I am fed up with rip-off energy prices. Gas and electricity bills only ever seem to go in one direction, eating up more and more of your monthly pay packet. And it is the vulnerable, and those on low incomes, who are being hit hardest. It is clear to me that the energy market is not working for ordinary working families. Too many people simply aren't getting a fair deal.feedback

Theresa May

Macron "was elected with a strong mandate, which he can take with him as a strong position in the [Brexit] negotiations.feedback

Jonathan Munro - BBC Radio

We have an exciting line up of special programmes over the General Election period... bringing Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn in front of the same Question Time audience on the same night to be quizzed by the public. It is firmly in the public interest for audiences to hear from those seeking election. We know they connect with these formats because they are a public moment to focus on and audience members from all across the country get the chance to ask politicians their own questions.feedback

Theresa May

Yesterday a French president was elected. He was elected with a strong mandate which he can take as a strong position in the negotiations. The UK, we need to ensure we've got an equally strong mandate and an equally strong negotiating position. Every vote for me and my team will strengthen my hand in those Brexit negotiations.feedback

Paul Nuttall

Looking ahead, I am confident that Ukip will not only still survive into the future but the post Brexit ukip, or once these negotiations start, could be bigger and actually I predict will be bigger than the pre-Brexit ukip ever was. I want a great Brexit and I am prepared to put country first, country above party, I want the best Brexit possible. I wish Theresa May all the best, going into these negotiations, one of the duty for Ukip in years to come.feedback

Theresa May

As for Le Touquet agreement, actually it works for the benefit of both the UK and France. Obviously the government elected after the 8 June will be sitting down and talking to Monsieur Macron and others about how that system we have works for the benefit of France as well as the benefit of the UK. Yesterday a new French president was elected. He was elected with a strong mandate which he can take as a strong position into the negotiations. I think it is important that we continue, and we will continue, to say that we do want to bring net migration down to sustainable levels.feedback

Theresa May

We must make sure that we point out the nonsensical policies that Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party are putting forward. They simply don't add up. Because they would wreck the economy and render all their policies totally undeliverable.feedback

Theresa May

Nobody in this house doubts the importance of the issue of air quality. We have taken action, there is more to do and we will do it.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

The threat of Jeremy Corbyn making it to Downing Street propped up by a coalition of chaos is very real – and these recordings show the Lib Dems are scheming to make it happen. As Cable makes clear, the result would be higher taxes for families and businesses, and attempts to frustrate Brexit at every turn. We would all pay the price. Only a vote for Theresa May and her team can prevent this chaos and deliver the strong and stable leadership for Brexit and beyond.feedback

Tim Robson

I don't like Jeremy Corbyn, I'm not keen on Theresa May because I think it will be more Thatcherism. I think Ukip will do less damage.feedback

Theresa May

Pulling out of the European Union is not the silver bullet that suddenly solves all our immigration issues.feedback

Chris Hopson

As NHS England say, outcomes for every major disease in this country are now better than they've ever been. But the truth is that in order to continue to invest in the NHS, grow staff numbers and pay, and improve patient care, we need to secure the economic progress we've made and get a good Brexit deal. That is only on offer at this election with the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May.feedback

Theresa May

My personal view is that we need to continue to bring immigration down. I want to make sure that we do it in a way that supports businesses. We have got a lot to think through to work out what's the best way to deliver on our priorities. You know we are ending freedom of movement when we are leaving the European Union, so the situation from that time and manifesto…..has changed because we are leaving the European Union. So it is right that we look at it again. We want to see sustainable net migration in this country. I believe that sustainable net migration is in the tens of thousands.feedback

James Thornton

Essentially, the judge said he put a very low weight to the government's case that publishing the plan was inconvenient to ministers during a general election and a very high weight to the fact that this law is about protecting the health of the public.feedback

Theresa May

I am pledging to rip up the 1983 Act and introduce in its place a new law which finally confronts the discrimination and unnecessary detention that takes place too often. We are going to roll out mental health support to every school in the country, ensure that mental health is taken far more seriously in the workplace and raise standards of care with more mental health professionals in the NHS. These reforms are a vital part of my plan to build a fairer society for all, not just the privileged few. They demonstrate the positive difference that strong and stable leadership makes.feedback

Theresa May

We are going to roll out mental health support to every school in the country. We are going to ensure mental health is taken far more seriously in the workplace, and raise standards of care. On my first day in Downing Street last July, I described shortfalls in mental health services as one of the burning injustices in our country. It is abundantly clear to me that the discriminatory use of a law passed more than three decades ago is a key part of the reason for this.feedback

Theresa May

On my first day in Downing Street last July, I described shortfalls in mental health services as one of the burning injustices in our country. It is abundantly clear to me that the discriminatory use of a law passed more than three decades ago is a key part of the reason for this. So today I am pledging to rip up the 1983 Act and introduce in its place a new law which finally confronts the discrimination and unnecessary detention that takes place too often.feedback

Julia Dockerill

I don't believe that the organisation is flexible and nimble enough to deal with some of the big challenges coming its way. People respond to Theresa May because people believe she is a woman of integrity. That makes them feel confident in her leadership.feedback

Iain Dale

The Tory Party attitude to selecting women candidates has changed within a very short space of time. Within less than 20 years they will have gone from 17 female MPs to close on 100. That is largely down to the efforts of two women - Theresa May and Anne Jenkin.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We know this is no small task - it is a challenge on a historic scale. But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment. We have five weeks to win the General Election so we can fundamentally transform Britain for the many, not the few. When Labour wins there will be a reckoning for those who thought they could get away with asset stripping our industry, crashing our economy through their greed and ripping off workers and consumers. It makes me angry. It makes me really angry. And I know it makes the people of Britain angry too.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Strength is holding on to what you believe in. Standing up for the many against the few means a struggle against the odds. Looking out for the few is easy; winning for the many is hard. I have a message for Theresa May: If you feel the need to go on about what a great leader you are, then show it by debating with me in this election campaign. We are for the many, you're for the few. No, because I'm busy out campaigning to win the General Election on June 8.feedback

Theresa May

These negotiations are going to be tough at times. That means they need strong and stable leadership here in the UK sitting around that negotiating table. People must remember this: There will be 27 other European countries on one side of the table and only one person there to stand up for the UK. The question at the general election is who will give that strong and stable leadership: me or Jeremy Corbyn?feedback

Malcolm Gabbitas

Ukip have done their job and what they wanted to do, and as far as people here are concerned they have done their job. Ukip are going to hold Theresa May to account. If she promises to do what she says she is going to deliver on, then there won't be any need. But if she does not, then Ukip is going to come into play again.feedback

Danny Brooks

I think that people believe we have only one trick, which is not true. The Tories are talking the talk. Theresa May could nearly be Ukip leader, given the way she is talking. The problem that Paul has got is that we had such a fantastic leader in Nigel Farage, whether people love him or hate him. Paul is a different kind of leader.feedback

Johnny Heald

To achieve a commanding majority the Tories need to woo a lot of voters who wanted Brexit and who have flirted with Ukip over the last few elections. On the evidence from this poll and indeed the results from the local elections this week, they appear to be winning the argument. The 2015 Ukip vote is evenly split – half are still backing Paul Nuttall but half are on the verge of going back home. Theresa May, like Margaret Thatcher, is perhaps perceived to be more in touch with hard working families than her predecessor David Cameron.feedback

Tom Greatrex

It's an extremely pressing timeframe. We've already lost three months by the time the general election is factored in.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Yes, by their standards, the Tories did well – and I take nothing away from them – but they did well entirely at the expense of the Labour party. As we go into the general election, the people of Scotland have a clear choice. It is pretty clear that Theresa May, on the strength of support in England, is going to win the general election. So for people in Scotland, if they want strong voices standing up for Scotland's interests and holding the Tories to account in Westminster, that can only come from the SNP.feedback

Paul Nuttall

It is very easy for [Theresa May] to talk the talk and act tough, but when she's asked to walk the walk, I think there's going to be problems.feedback

Tim Farron

Theresa May doesn't care about the NHS or social care. People are lying on trolleys in hospital corridors and she has done nothing. The Liberal Democrats will rescue the NHS and social care. We are prepared to be honest with people and say that we will all need to chip in a little more.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The results were mixed. We lost seats but we are closing the gap on the Conservatives. I am disappointed at every Labour defeat in the local elections. Too many fantastic councillors, who work tirelessly for their communities, lost their seats. We have five weeks to win the general election, so we can fundamentally transform Britain for the many not the few. We know this is no small task - it is a challenge on an historic scale. But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment.feedback

Steven Woolfe

I've got no choice - it would have to be Theresa May. We are the victims of our own success and now we pick ourselves up and go on to further success in the future.feedback

Tim Farron

If you want a strong opposition to this government, we are the party for you. Labour has failed as an opposition and handed Theresa May a blank cheque to do as she pleases. The voters have delivered their verdict on Jeremy Corbyn.feedback

Michael Fallon

(They are) encouraging results but I am cautious about predicating the general election on them.feedback

Theresa May

I will not take anything for granted and neither will the team I lead, because there is too much at stake. This is not about who wins and who loses in the local elections, it is about continuing to fight for the best Brexit deal for families and businesses across the United Kingdom to lock in the progress we've made and get on with the job of making a success of the years ahead. The reality is that today, despite the evident will of the British people, we have bureaucrats in Europe who are questioning our resolve to get the right deal.feedback

Philip Johnson

People have been saying to us that Jeremy Corbyn's style has been putting them off voting Labour. It's not the policies. I think when the policies are explained they do receive a degree of support. But Jeremy Corbyn isn't coming across well with the public and I think that's fairly well known. The choice is difficult because I don't think Theresa May is a great prime minister; her dealings so far with the Brexit process have not shown that she's capable of looking after the interests of the British people. I don't think she's coming across very well at all.feedback

Simon Hix

If the lower-income, less-educated voters don't turn out, and if you get mobilization from the pro-Europeans ... then tactical voting will kick in much more. They'll give us a take-it-or-leave-it deal, and we'll take it, because we'll have to. The real Theresa May will be able to stand up.feedback

Pippa Norris

People don't want [the general election], but you can understand from the conservative position why Theresa May thought it was a good idea. But for most of the public, they just sigh and say, Oh, not this year. Thank you very much.'.feedback

Douglas Carswell

The flood of Kippers switching to Theresa May shows two things: Ukip’s done its job of getting us out of Europe. And she is now the anti-establishment candidate. It’s over. Ukip, only a few months ago seen as an insurgent party riding high in the polls on over 20%, is finished. Today my former party lost all but one of the local council seats it was contesting. As Ukip’s first – and last – MP, I am far from despondent. In fact, I am elated. Why? Because we have won.feedback

Phil Bale

As soon as the general election was called it changed the dynamic of the campaign. It's very hard to get people to focus on local issues and yet we're talking about some of the most important services people rely on.feedback

Carwyn Jones

Welsh Labour candidates and activists can be incredibly proud of themselves today – they fought another tough election, and once again defied the odds. The Tories had been briefing that they'd be walking into power right across Wales – that simply has not happened. We must now re-focus and fight a general election campaign the same way we always fight elections – with our own Welsh Labour values, huge amounts of hard work and an absolute commitment to stand up for our communities against the Tories.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

This is a fantastic election victory for the SNP, coming off our election victory last year and the one in the general election the year before that. It gives us a great launchpad for the general election in a few weeks' time.feedback

Theresa May

I don't take anything for granted and if you look what happened in the last couple of years, we saw the opinion polls got in wrong in the 2015 general election and last year in the referendum and of course Jeremy Corbyn has pointed out he was a 200/1 chance for the Labour leadership. The general election will be won on the day by real people going out and casting real votes. I want to earn the support of the people to strengthen my hand.feedback

Abi Wilkinson

Despite aligning themselves with the 48%, Tim Farron’s party underwhelmed at the local elections. Labour is now all that can stop the Tories. However you attempt to spin it, the local election results are not looking good for Labour. The most dramatic swing has little to do with the left – Ukip’s vote has collapsed since 2013, to the benefit of the Tories – but that has still spelled disaster in many marginal seats. Local results don’t perfectly predict how people will vote in a general election, but it’s hard to feel optimistic. Looking at national polls, there’s little reason to believe Ukip’s wipeout, and the Tories’ consequent gains, won’t be repeated at a national level. Several Labour MPs are defending 2015 majorities smaller than the Ukip vote in their constituency.feedback

Kate Maltby

With the ‘unholy chaos’ of a snap election the new Tory MPs will be a mixed bunch: some will be May’s mates, others will be answerable to the Tory shires. Everyone has a pet theory about why Theresa May called this election. Yet such is the sphinx-like inscrutability of our prime minister that few really have a clue. Any pundit who tells you they know for certain is lying.feedback

Martin Kettle

The party is bubbling with optimism, but after its 2015 wipeout it’s not about to overturn the status quo in this election. There is a gaping Emmanuel Macron-shaped hole in British electoral politics, but no one to fill it. When I wrote this recently, I got a cheerfully indignant email from a Liberal Democrat ex-MP. How could I dismiss Tim Farron’s claims so easily, he complained. Like Macron, he said, Farron was young, liberal, progressive and pro-Europe. And in this general election Farron is campaigning on Brexit, “the overriding national and international issue” of the day, “rather than on mending pavements and saving post offices”. Watch this space, he wrote.feedback

Theresa May

I agree that we want an honours system that actually ensures we can recognise when people out there are really contributing to our society and to their communities.feedback

Gaby Hinsliff

Theresa May’s bellicose approach to Brexit is calculated to appeal to a growing cohort of over-65s – but they’re being targeted by Labour, too. What did Theresa May think she was playing at? She had just come from Buckingham Palace, but the prime minister’s tone on Wednesday, as she accused Brussels of a dastardly (if imaginary) plot to influence the general election, was more Churchill emerging from a war cabinet. All that was missing, as she parked her tank firmly on European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s lawn, was a burst of national anthem and a Spitfire flying overhead.feedback

Michael Fullilove

It is a very early and high profile meeting for an Australian prime minister to have in the term of a US President… There is a danger in looking sycophantic – I think the British Prime Minister Theresa May found that.feedback

Theresa May

Britain's negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press, the European Commission's negotiating stance has hardened, threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials. All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election. The events of the last few days have shown that, whatever our wishes, and however reasonable the positions of Europe's other leaders - there are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed. Who do not want Britain to prosper.feedback

Rupert Harrison

When Juncker gives Theresa May a pre-election PR gift, does anyone really expect her not to play it for all she can? They'll hope this story runs and runs.feedback

Theresa May

If we do not stand up and get this negotiation right we risk the secure and well-paid jobs we want for our children and our children's children too. If we don't get the negotiation right, if we let the bureaucrats of Brussels run over us, we will lose the chance to build a fairer society with real opportunity for all. With me you will get strong and stable leadership and an approach to Brexit that locks in economic growth, jobs for our children and strong finances for the NHS and the country's schools. Or you will get Jeremy Corbyn with a hung parliament and a coalition of chaos.feedback

Theresa May

Britain's negotiating position in Europe has been misrepresented in the continental press. The European Commission's negotiating stance has hardened. Threats against Britain have been issued by European politicians and officials. All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the general election that will take place on 8 June. The events of the last few days have shown that whatever our wishes and however reasonable the positions of Europe's other leaders, there are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed, who do not want Britain to prosper.feedback

Theresa May

If we let the bureaucrats of Brussels run over us we will lose the chance to build a fairer society with real opportunity for all. There are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed. Who do not want Britain to prosper.feedback

Michel Barnier

A new government following the elections which Theresa May called early ... will have a certain longevity and stability for five years, which is not the case for the current Government. These elections will not change anything as regards the position and determination of the European Union ... Without any aggresivity or naivety, we will defend the interests of the 27 member states of the European Union and the single market. That is my role.feedback

Michel Barnier

On a personal basis I had the opportunity to discuss a shared passion with Theresa May which is rambling and hiking in the mountains. If you like walking in the mountains you have to learn a number of rules. You have to learn to put one foot in front of the other, because sometimes you are on a steep and rocky path. You also have to look what accidents might befall you – falling rocks. You have to be very careful to keep your breathe, you have to have stamina, because it could be a lengthy path and you have to keep looking at the summit.feedback

David Davis

I don't suppose the British public at large has been terribly impressed by the operations of the last week, but I think that they will see very, very clearly they need a good, tough negotiator, and that's what Theresa May is. We'll not be paying 100 billion. What we've got to do is discuss in detail what the rights and obligations are. There were some disagreements.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I think I'm best placed to talk to this new world that's emerging, to talk to the Russia of Putin, to the United States of Trump, to talk to the Britain of (Prime Minister Theresa) May...to talk to the India of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. So, I feel much more in line with their political philosophy than with (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel's. It's true his comments were worthy of criticism but they were private comments – what's most important is the policies he implements. I don't think that he's implementing policies which aim to roll back the rights of women.feedback

Owen Jones

The former Sun editor’s ‘joke’ about Corbyn being knifed fits a pattern. Civilised Tories can’t be silent as far-right racism and smears pull the election to the gutter. Imagine a former Daily Mirror or Guardian editor joking about Theresa May being knifed to death as a cause for national celebration. There would be a national furore. It would be presented as a striking case of how hate-filled, vicious and sadistically intolerant the modern left is. Anyone vaguely on the left would come under immense pressure to immediately dissociate themselves from such a sickening outrage, or otherwise be tarred by association.feedback

Theresa May

The choice you face now is all about the future. Whoever wins on the 8 June will face one, overriding task: to get the best possible deal for this United Kingdom from Brexit. If we don't get the negotiation right, your economic security and prosperity will be put at risk and the opportunities you seek for your families will simply not happen. If we do not stand up and get this negotiation right we risk the secure and well-paid jobs we want for our children and our children's children too.feedback

Susanna Rustin

The environment secretary has made much of being a mother. So what will she do about the UK’s air pollution – so toxic, experts advise plastic covers on prams?Theresa May has never struck me as much of a joker. But was it with a secret snigger that she offered former banker Andrea Leadsom the cabinet seat of environment secretary last year? Leadsom, you will remember, sparked a short-lived but almighty row, and handed May the premiership, when she told an interviewer that she thought motherhood made her a stronger candidate for the Tory leadership.feedback

Theresa May

The events of the last few days have shown that whatever our wishes and however reasonable the positions of Europe's other leaders, there are some in Brussels who do not want these talks to succeed, who do not want Britain to prosper. In the last few days we have seen just how tough these talks are likely to be. All of these acts have been deliberately timed to affect the result of the General Election that will take place on June 8.feedback

Lukman Otunuga

With Theresa May vowing on Tuesday that she will be a 'bloody difficult woman' in Brexit talks adding to anxiety, a rocky road filled with obstacles may lie ahead.feedback

George Monbiot

If Theresa May wins the election, she will be empowered to pulp all that real patriots know is precious and beautiful about this country. Conservatism takes three main forms. Inclusive conservatism seeks to protect objects of value for the benefit of everyone. These might include great urban vistas, or national parks, or wildlife, or works of art, or great institutions, such as the NHS and the BBC. This is the conservatism governments invoke when a nation goes to war.feedback

David Davis

Jeremy Corbyn's nonsensical and irresponsible ideas pose a grave risk to the future of Britain's economy and the finances of every family in the country. His many, ill-thought through promises simply don't stack up and could not be paid for. The damage this bombshell would do to the country's finances if Corbyn's coalition of chaos were given the keys to Downing Street would be disastrous. Only a vote for the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May on June 8 will lock in the economic progress we have made.feedback

Theresa May

There are 27 European member states united in their determination to get the deal that works for them. We must show the same unity of purpose here at home to ensure that we get a deal that works in our national interests, too. During the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described by one of my colleagues as a 'bloody difficult woman' … and I said at the time the next person to find that out will be Jean-Claude Juncker. That is why this election is so important. We need to secure the leadership the country needs. Leadership, stability, doing the right thing for Britain.feedback

Bill Cash

What they are doing is trying to exploit a new kind of project fear and that is not going to work on the British people. They are also trying to use negotiations as a means of influencing the German general election later this year. They are playing an unwise and dangerous game and I think they have been working towards this for a long time.feedback

Johan Van Overtveldt

The sooner the better because the real danger of the Brexit process is that it will go on, and on, and on, and there will come a moment where that will start impacting expectations whether it be investments, producers or consumers which is of course bad for the economy overall. It's very common in Belgian politics to say you only have an agreement when you have an agreement on everything, so in that sense Theresa May sounded very much like a Belgian politician, . If Europe focuses on how the pots in which olives are sold should be sized, then I think Europe is very wrong.feedback

Theresa May

I am determined not to allow parties like the Liberal Democrats to prosper, because it is in their interests to prop up a Corbyn coalition of chaos so that the Brexit process stalls and they can reopen the battles of the past. We haven't even got through this General Election.feedback

Theresa May

We can get a deal that's good for the U.K. and good for the rest of the European Union. During the Conservative Party leadership campaign I was described by one of my colleagues as a 'bloody difficult woman'. And I said at the time, the next person to find that out will be Jean-Claude Juncker.feedback

Tim Farron

These reports blow a massive hole in the Conservative Party's arguments. Theresa May chose a divisive hard Brexit, with Labour's help, and now has no idea what to do next. This government has no plan and no clue and this shows it starkly.feedback

Tom Watson

We've heard a lot of talk about the qualities you need in a prime minister. Theresa May doesn't think that the ability to answer questions is one of them. But sometimes the most important question isn't what makes the best PM. It's who makes the best MP. It's a vote against the Conservative Party having a blank cheque to do whatever they damn well like. The landslide victory May demands will see the Tory party off to the races. The brakes will be off, he country will be out of control. Margaret Thatcher had the kind of majority Theresa May wants. She knew all about unfettered government.feedback

Theresa May

The opposition parties are lining up to prop up [Labour leader] Jeremy Corbyn and disrupt our Brexit negotiations – a recipe for years of drift and division at this crucial time.feedback

Carl Emmerson

Eliminating the deficit before a May 2022 general election would be even harder: a combination of tax rises and spending cuts worth £15bn on top of current plans.feedback

Theresa May

I am determined not to allow parties like the Liberal Democrats to prosper, because it is in their interests to prop up a Corbyn coalition of chaos so that the Brexit process stalls and they can reopen the battles of the past. Wherever it says Labour or Liberal Democrat on the ballot, it's a weak, nonsensical Jeremy Corbyn that gets the vote. At the last election, voters here in the south-west were the difference between a strong, majority government and a weak, unstable coalition of Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.feedback

Ian Birrell

Despite the prime minister’s robotic pitch for votes, in reality a fragile majority would give Britain more power in Brussels. Shortly after Theresa May set out her timetable for Brexit she went for talks with some European counterparts. First stop was Copenhagen, where both sides were all smiles as they spoke about shared determination to achieve a “friendly divorce”. But behind the scenes the Danes were left stunned by the prime minister’s stance, for she refused to give any clues to where there might be ground for compromise between Britain and the European Union.feedback