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NEW Apr 30 2017
British politics has been commented on by 52 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about British politics are: Jeremy Corbyn, Nick Clegg, Ken Livingstone and Angela Eagle. For instance, the most recent quote from Jeremy Corbyn is: “Yes ... The Labour Party will never ever put the defence of the realm at the back of the queue.”.
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Jeremy Corbyn

Yes ... The Labour Party will never ever put the defence of the realm at the back of the queue.feedback

Martin Boon

It indicates significant losses for the Labour Party, and puts the Conservatives on course for around 400 seats.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

The Labour party is very clear. We're committed to a credible nuclear capability at the minimum end of the scale, delivered through continuous at-sea deterrent. That is Labour party policy and it will be in the manifesto. We are committed to renewing the Trident system. We would not be in a position where the first choice would be to press that red button. We believe in multilateralism. We believe in sitting down and negotiating away our nuclear weapons systems to create a nuclear weapon free world. We also need to make sure no other countries develop or get nuclear weapons as well.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour party will always cherish, sustain and protect our relationship with the trade union movement and the working people you represent. You are our DNA, you are our family, and we will never, ever apologise for the closeness of our relationship with you. The truth is that the Tories and SNP are obsessed with their power struggles against Brussels and Westminster, when the energy should be used to change and transform our economy to ensure no one and no community is left behind.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

Yes, it's Labour Party policy. We are committed to renewing the Trident system.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The issue has to be that we want a secure and peaceful world. You achieve that by promoting peace and also promoting security. Security comes from that process. We haven't completed work on the manifesto ... We are less than 100 hours into this election campaign. We are having this discussion within the Labour party. Nuclear weapons are not the solution to the world's security issues. They are a disaster if ever used.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We haven't completed work on the manifesto. We are less than 100 hours into this election campaign. We are having this discussion within the Labour party.feedback

Tom Harwood

The silent majority of today's students are moderates and Conservatives. There are parallels between how the Labour Party and the NUS have declined recently. The NUS has become an introspective organisation that doesn't connect with the wider audience of students; the Labour Party mirrors this.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

There are decisions which prime ministers have to take and those people in authority have to take (which) are sometimes very uncomfortable. If they don't take them, we're at danger ... I know that with Theresa May, she would take them. I'm not sure that Jeremy Corbyn would. The man is not suitable to become prime minister of this country. He has been a rebel without a cause in the Labour Party.feedback

Tim Farron

There is no way we can countenance any kind of arrangement or coalition with the Conservative party and likewise with the Labour party led by Jeremy Corbyn. He [Corbyn] accepted hard Brexit, he voted for it. He enabled it. It has put us in the situation we are now in.feedback

Ellie Mae O'Hagan

In 2015 the party’s millions of activists were wasted. This time, with the right strategy, we foot soldiers – pro-Corbyn or not – can have a real impact. Those who orbit the Labour party – either as MPs, pundits or affiliates – have become so obsessed with the fate of its leader that they have neglected one important fact as we enter this election: the party has half a million members.feedback

Theresa May

I will be asking the British people for a mandate to complete Brexit and to make a success of it. What do we know that the leader of the Labour party, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and the leader of the Scottish nationalists have in common. Corbyn, Farron and Sturgeon want to unite together to divide our country, and we will not let them do it. Every vote for the Conservatives will make it harder for those who want to stop me getting the job done. Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the European Union.feedback

Angus Robertson

If the Prime Minister is so confident of her hard-Brexit, pro-austerity, anti-immigration case why won't she debate opposition leaders? Most people in the country know that the Prime Minister wants an early general election because the Labour Party is in such an awful state. We look forward to the straight fight between the Tories and the SNP in Scotland, but can the Prime Minister tell people why she is running scared of a televised debate with Nicola Sturgeon?feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

It is the Conservatives, the party of privilege and the richest, versus the Labour party, the party that is standing up for working people to improve the lives of all. It is the establishment versus the people and it is our historic duty to make sure that the people prevail. European Union negotiations are going on and we have set out out lines - primarily it is about gaining and retaining tariff-free access to the European market.feedback

Theresa May

People will have a real choice at this election. They will have a choice between a Conservative government that has shown we can build a stronger economy and a Labour party whose economic policy would bankrupt this country.feedback

Tim Farron

The issue is not about who might work with who, it's about whether she can be defeated – at all. It seems to me the Labour party is in a position where they are going to go backwards. I don't think that's an arrogant thing to say, I think it's a reasonable assumption based on all the available evidence.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

But it's very clear that the prime minister's announcement today is one all about the narrow interests of her own party, not the interests of the country overall. Clearly she sees the opportunity given the total disarray in the ranks of the Labour party to crush all opposition to her, to get rid of people who disagree with her.feedback

Martin Sorrell

It obviously comes as a surprise given what Mrs May has said about not calling an early election. But when you think of the difficulty she faces in negotiating with the EU and the apparent divisions and weakness in the Labour Party you can see the logic. A snap election increases uncertainty for businesses but only until June 8 if the polls are to be believed. She has clearly calculated that, with the polls as they are, it is worth sacrificing seven weeks of negotiations with the EU to strengthen her hand.feedback

Kerrie Hudson

I think he's mis-sold in the media. I've got a friend who is in the Labour party locally and she's been to his rallies and says he is actually very charismatic.feedback

Nick Clegg

By setting the date that parliament will dissolve, our prime minister is giving up the right to pick and choose the date of the next general election–that's a true first in British politics.feedback

Diane Abbott

In both cases, the Dutch Labour party and the French Socialist party had talked about opposing austerity but then implemented it. Trying to shore up their electoral base they turned to anti-immigration and Islamophobic rhetoric and policies. France under Hollande also repeatedly intervened militarily in Africa.feedback

Gerard Coyne - Unite

Len has said that he's got 15 months to prove himself. I don't think it is for the general secretary of the biggest trade union in the country to be telling the leader of the Labour party his future.feedback

Gerard Coyne - Unite

Unite, in my view, should be about focusing on its members, on their pay and their pensions, on their working conditions, and protecting them in a very insecure job market. That's what a trade union election should be about, not the extreme politics of the left. He's rattled, he can see it slipping away from him, and he's lashing out with allegations about involvement in this campaign. That's absolutely not the case. Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the Labour party, and unlike Len McCluskey I've not put a shelf life on his leadership.feedback

Emily Thornberry

I was surprised to say the least, frankly I was bewildered he wasn't suspended from the Labour party as a result. And then I was surprised that he wasn't thrown out. I think that he should have been.feedback

Len McCluskey - Unite

That is precisely what the media want it to be, and what the rightwing of the Labour party want it to be, and they have a puppet in Gerard Coyne that they can use. Remember, those people who are running Coyne's campaign are skilled masters of the dark arts. It is in their DNA and, though it is normal in political elections, it's quite unique that they have brought this into a trade union election. I am not seeking for the Labour party to do any heavy-handed review. I am just bringing it to the attention of the party that things have happened that should not have happened.feedback

Len McCluskey - Unite

This will all be resolved by the union once this election is over. The union will be seeking answers from the Labour party on how this has been allowed to happen in this way.feedback

Nick Clegg

No one can beat the Conservatives on their own so it's not that complicated - we're condemned to work together. I would welcome and embrace more thinking and writing and talking and speaking amongst liberal Conservatives, one-nation Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, centre-ground Labour folk who want to mount a proper ideological response to that. What lurks behind Brexit is an ideological coup, in many ways a domestic one. Brexit is a means by which a low-state, low-protection, low-welfare, libertarian approach to governance is seeking to take over the commanding heights of British politics.feedback

Nick Clegg

[Starmer] has got a fine legal brain but I think the way that the Labour party is handling the politics of this is nothing short of catastrophic. They could be true to their convictions which is they reject the kind of Brexit we are heading towards. Time is our friend, and time is their enemy. It was one of the most short-sighted self-harming things for the left to decimate the centre-left party in the coalition. Because for them why you wield power is secondary to the act of wielding power. No, God no.feedback

Nick Clegg

What lurks behind Brexit is an ideological coup, in many ways a domestic one. Brexit is a means by which a low-state, low-protection, low-welfare, libertarian approach to governance is seeking to take over the commanding heights of British politics. You can see it – look at the commentariat in large parts of the Brexit press, look at Tea Party thinktanks in America that are the intellectual inspiration for Brexiteers, look at what they said about Brussels being the fount of all problems because of regulation. I just went and asked him a dweeby, legal question. Can't you do that?feedback

Iain McNicol

The Labour Party has not and will not divulge the personal data of Labour Party members to any third party without the express permission of the individual concerned. We have not shared any data with any campaign associated with internal Unite the Union elections.feedback

Phil Maynard

Anushka Asthana is joined by Alex Salmond, Ian Duncan, Gina Miller, Natalie Nougayrède and Graham Brady at the end of an historic week in British politics in which Britain triggered the EU exit clause and the Scottish parliament voted for a new independence referendum.feedback

Walter Wolfgang

As a Jewish member of the Labour party, who escaped Nazi Germany in 1937, I take the issue of antisemitism extremely seriously. Ken Livingstone has an outstanding record of fighting against racism and antisemitism. This hearing into Ken's actions is a travesty.feedback

David Cameron

I thought it right to hold the referendum because this issue had been poisoning British politics for years. The referendum had been promised and not held. I made a promise to hold a referendum, I think it was the right thing to do. I hope we will be out of the European Union, but As Mrs May triggered Article 50 yesterday, and other forms of cooperation to recognise that while we are leaving the European Union, we are not leaving Europe, we are not giving up on European values. We were in the EU for reasons of utility rather than emotion.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The party membership is the biggest it has been in my lifetime. There are 400,000 individual members, there's 100,000 affiliated supporters, there are three million affiliated trade union members. It's a very big organisation and I suspect that much of this criticism that you are saying about a crisis in the party actually comes from those who are nervous of the strength of the Labour Party at local level.feedback

Keir Starmer

It is a sad day because I campaigned to stay in the EU, but I and the Labour Party have accepted the result and therefore we are resolute to get the best deal for our country and to shape the future. So we're not looking back, we're looking forward but of course it's tinged with sadness, I wanted to stay in the EU.feedback

Ben Bradshaw

[Exeter Labour party] members will be mourning #Article50 triggering tomorrow by lighting #candles4EU outside the Guildhall [at] 6pm. Do come along.feedback

Anne Perkins

He treated politics as a game of chance and allowed the referendum vote to become a virility contest about whether or not Britain could stand alone. Sometime before the 2015 general election, an aeon ago in the history of British politics but less than two years ago in ordinary time, David Cameron told the Financial Times that he wanted to be judged on his success in resolving the two big questions that had overshadowed British politics for nearly a generation. This is how he described them: “One is, does the United Kingdom want to stay together? Yes. Secondly does the United Kingdom want to stay in a reformed European Union? Yes.”.feedback

Paul Nuttall

I want him to be on the telly and radio selling Ukip's message because he is one of the best communicators in British politics today. I am relaxed about my own position, trust me. We will be the guard dogs of Brexit and woe betide Mrs May, woe betide the Conservative Party if they begin to backslide. I've read the obituary of Ukip over the years more times than I've had hot dinners and they have always been wrong. Let's be clear, Ukip doesn't need representation in the House of Commons to be able to influence the political landscape.feedback

Paul Nuttall

No, I don't think there's any threat and I'm sure he'll back me up on that. If they do backslide, I can guarantee Ukip will be there and Ukip will be the guard dogs of Brexit and there is only one way Ukip will go in the polls, which is up and up and up. Nigel is one of the best communicators in British politics, so why wouldn't you utilise an asset like that. It its not as if I'm paranoid. I'm really relaxed about the whole situation. I want him to be on the TV, on the airwaves because when he goes out there he pushes on Ukip's cause.feedback

Jon Lansman

I see no reason why they should not carry on. On the basis that most people who have been expelled have been expelled unfairly, – the [Labour party] compliance unit has been trying to kick them out – there is no one in Momentum who wishes to exclude people. We won't allow non Lab members to hold office or vote (unlike Coop party or Fabians) but we won't exclude them from activities/meetings.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

We should not pretend that Europe alone can solve all problems. Brussels' should not have been constantly blamed in British political discourse for things for which the EU is not responsible: we now know the result of such rhetoric. For example, the EU has few powers in three of the four areas of policy that are usually most controversial in UK elections: healthcare, education and welfare.feedback

Ken Livingstone

I think the other thing that Jeremy should do is re-introduce automatic re-selection. It's really ridiculous that MPs in safe seats have a job for life. I'm particularly talking about Chuka Umunna, Wes Streeting - basically it's the same group of MPs who were screaming that I'd said Hitler was a Zionist and I was anti-Semitic. The moment that issue went on hold, they were then blaming Jeremy for Britain voting to leave (the EU). Just endless criticism. It's only about a dozen of them. The simple fact is they are consciously undermining Jeremy and damaging the Labour Party.feedback

Ken Livingstone

The simple fact is they are consciously undermining Jeremy and damaging the Labour party. I'm afraid we'll have to be off to a judicial review in the courts and in the court the issue will be, what was actually said and what is the truth, and the Labour party has got no chance of winning a judicial review. I'm basically retired. I'm not seeking office. I haven't asked Jeremy or didn't ask Ed Miliband to send me to the House of Lords or anything like that. I'm a house husband, but I'm not having my political career defined at the end that I'm anti-Semitic.feedback

Ken Livingstone

It's the legacy of Tony Blair, because it used to be the case that a party could select whoever it wanted as an MP. Tony Blair bought in the rule changes, you had to choose from approve lists. We have got to get a party that's democratic again, [where] any local Labour party can select the candidate they want for parliament and anyone can stand for the leadership when we have a leadership election. This is more like something out of a dictatorship, not a democracy. Jeremy's inherited a Labour party in Parliament skewed to the right, the legacy of Tony Blair.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Sometimes spirits in the Labour party can run high. Today has been one of those days. That's because we're a passionate party. So I'm going to send a message to all party members: I want to make it absolutely clear, members are an asset, as a party we must do more to involve and empower them. From the smallest branch right up to the leader's office, our whole party must focus on the challenges and opportunities ahead for us in our journey to fundamentally transform this country in the interests of the people of this country.feedback

Jon Lansman

For 20 years the left was denied a voice. We will deny a voice to no-one. We face big challenges and we need our mass membership to win again. I think there is a democratic deficit in the Labour Party where the structures of the party don't reflect the support for Jeremy Corbyn which has been shown by the mass of the members. This is about democratising the Labour Party, which will strengthen the Labour Party. It's no threat to the position of the Labour Party and the strength of the Labour Party.feedback

Gerald Coyne

This shocking revelation reveals a secret hard left plot by Len McCluskey to seize control of the Labour Party in perpetuity using cash taken from hard-working members of Unite the Union.feedback

Jon Lansman

Assuming that Len McCluskey wins the general secretaryship, which I think he will, Unite will affiliate to Momentum and will fully participate in Momentum, as will the CWU [the Communications Workers' Union]. And it won't unless it is agreed through the proper process. It was important to require Labour party membership in the rules but it is down to enforcement. No one from the centre is going to tell you to kick people out.feedback

Angus Robertson

The Labour party is not in a position to deliver a pizza at the moment.feedback

Michael Russell

Gordon Brown is lining himself up with the Tories to deny the people of Scotland a choice about their future. This is Brownhog day all over again. Gordon Brown has made this same stale speech numerous times over the years – but it is beyond parody for him to put forward proposals which have already been rejected by both the Labour party and the Tory government.feedback

Gerard Coyne - Unite

This shocking revelation reveals a secret hard-left plot by Len McCluskey to seize control of the Labour party in perpetuity using cash taken from hard-working members of Unite. As far as Len McCluskey is concerned, Unite's members' money is his to play with as he chooses, from taking out a loan to allow him to buy a luxury London apartment to propping up the ultra left. This is not what trade unions are for. It is time for a change.feedback

Nic Vrieselaar - Rabobank

While Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been a good finance minister – he had a pivotal role the past four years in taking some tough but necessary decisions – the chances of him returning in an upcoming cabinet are slim. His party, the Labour Party (PvdA) has lost more than 75 percent of support from its voters compared to the 2012 elections. It therefore seems unlikely that the PvdA will again take part in a coalition.feedback

Mark Rutte

We do not rule out any party, not even … no party at all. At the same time there are huge differences between my party and the Labour Party and the Freedom Party.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

If Scotland is to have a real choice - when the terms of Brexit are known but before it is too late to choose our own course - then that choice must be offered between the autumn of next year, 2018, and the spring of 2019. If the UK leaves the EU without Scotland indicating beforehand - or at least within a short time after it - that we want a different relationship with Europe, we could face a lengthy period not just outside the EU but also the single market. Yes I do. Absolutely, I believe that. LABOUR PARTY WON'T OPPOSE CALL FOR REFERENDUM IF SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT WANTS ONE.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

If a referendum is held then it is absolutely fine, it should be held. I don't think it's the job of Westminster or the Labour party to prevent people holding referenda. No, we're not in favour of a referendum. We've been looking at that and thinking about it, and talking to a lot of people about it. I'm looking at pay-ratio levels within organisations and companies and I think that is a good way forward. That, in turn, would ensure or help to encourage the development of fairer pay within companies.feedback

Willie Rennie

It was the same kind of casual indifference that he seems to have about our fate with the European Union. He just doesn't seem to care about the United Kingdom sticking together. I know that's not the view of my colleagues in the Scottish Labour Party – they must be tearing their hair out this morning.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

If a referendum is held then it is absolutely fine, it should be held. I don't think it's the job of Westminster or the Labour party to prevent people holding referenda.feedback

Nigel Farage

I suspect there is another big seismic shock in British politics, perhaps going to come at the next election.feedback

Suzanne Evans

There's a desperate need in British politics for that third party that sits at the centre ground, which both the Labour Party and the Conservative Party have completely abandoned. I will ditch the right wing, Trump-style rhetoric and appeal to the common sense center.feedback

Ian Murray

I just wish the party would take half a step back and realize that if the public are running in this direction, the last thing the Labour Party should be doing is running at speed in the other direction because that's not going ... to win us the country.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I will do everything I can to repay the trust and the support, to bring our party together, to make it an engine for progress in our country and the people who depend on the Labour party to protect their interest, to get power and deliver real change in this country. Let's wipe that slate clean from today and get on with the work we've got to do as a party together.feedback

Angela Eagle

We have a Labour Party at the moment that is not working, we have got a leader that doesn't have the confidence of his members of parliament and isn't reaching out to the country.feedback

Angela Eagle

It is in the best interests of the Labour Party that we now come together so we can have one candidate.feedback

Angela Eagle

Today I am announcing my decision to stand for the leadership of the Labour Party.feedback

Nigel Farage

Whilst we will now leave the European Union the terms of our withdrawal are unclear. If there is too much backsliding by the government and with the Labour Party detached from many of its voters, then UKIP's best days may be yet to come.feedback

Steven Fielding

Johnson "wasn't trusted enough by the people who really wield power in British politics ? Rupert Murdoch and Paul Dacre. Gove, as Rupert Murdoch's representative in politics, basically knifed him.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 percent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today's vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy. We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We can't duck the issue of immigration, clearly it was a factor. What I'm totally amazed by is that in the past 24 hours 140,000 people have said they do not want the Labour Party to spend the next two months debating the leadership.feedback

Ben Bradshaw

There is no leadership challenge, there is no other leadership candidate. The public and Labour party supporters expect us to get on with the job of reforming parliament, getting us through the economic downturn.feedback

Gordon Brown

I am truly humbled that so many of my colleagues have nominated me for the leadership of the Labour Party… and I formally accept the nomination, the responsibility it brings and the opportunity to serve the people of Britain.feedback

George Osborne

The Labour party is in an open civil war, if they can't govern themselves they can't govern the country.feedback

Phyllis Starkey

Even if it worked, I don't think it would protect Britain against the sorts of risks we face over the next two decades. As to views within the parliamentary Labour party, obviously this issue hasn't been discussed for some time, but I would guess that those concerns are widespread.feedback

David Cameron

I'm absolutely determined to win this seat back at the next general election, because anything other than a Conservative government will put our recovery at risk and mean Ed Miliband [leader of opposition Labour party] in Downing Street and I'm more determined than ever to make sure that we deliver security for Britain.feedback

Olaf Bruns

In the election halls of the two big parties, people are rejoicing. A government coalition without the Liberals and the Labour Party working together is thinkable. But this cooperation might prove to be difficult, after an polarising election campaign between the right and left, the like of which the Netherlands hasn't seen in a long time.feedback

Wendy Alexander

The truth is that this issue will continue to dominate the headlines. I can't take it off the agenda, and in those circumstances it is not possible for me as leader of the Labour Party in Scotland, to put on the agenda the real issues that should dominate.feedback

Nick Clegg

It's good that the prime minister is now talking the talk of reform. The problem is that he's had 12 years to sort out British politics, so people simply don't believe that Gordon Brown is the man for change, and both David Cameron and Gordon Brown as leaders of the old established parties talk the talk of reform but they seem to wish to kick it into the long grass.feedback

Gordon Brown

My constitutional duty is to make sure that a government can be formed following last Thursday's general election. I have informed the Queen's Private Secretary that it is my intention to tender my resignation to the Queen. In the event that the Queen accepts, I shall advise her to invite the leader of the Opposition to seek to form a government. My resignation as leader of the Labour Party will take effect inmediatly.feedback

Ed Milliband

She was controversial, we disagreed with much of what she did as a Labour Party but we can disagree and also hugely respect her extraordinary achievements and her extraordinary personal strength.feedback

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