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Nia Griffith
A state visit by Donald Trump would shame this country and betray all we stand for. Theresa May should revoke the invitation immediately.feedback
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Aug 17 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Conservative and Unionist Party. You'll find 493 quotes on this page. You can filter them by date and by a person’s name. You can also see the other popular topics. The 3 people who have been quoted more about Conservative and Unionist Party are: Jeremy Corbyn, Tim Farron and Nicola Sturgeon. Jeremy Corbyn specifically said: “If Theresa May is back from her holiday yet, perhaps she's listening. It would be a really good idea to have another walk, have an epiphany moment while you're walking and come along with a proposal to dissolve parliament and have another election. We're ready for it at any time.”.
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Margaret Thatcher

I think we'd better stick with Theresa May for the moment. We don't want any more upheavals, because I'm hoping that on her holidays she may get a bit of perspective back and her guts back. She has had a terrible beating.feedback

Tim Farron

A revival can only happen if we gave ourselves a reason to be ... if we took a risk, a gamble. We chose to adopt the backbone Jeremy Corbyn lacks, the decisiveness Theresa May lacks and stand up for Britain's place in Europe.feedback

Tim Farron

Theresa May now has a choice. Does she publish that report or keep it hidden?feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

It is no good Theresa May suppressing a report into the foreign funding of extremist groups. We have to get serious about cutting off the funding to these terror networks, including ISIS here and in the Middle East.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Discrimination has gone on too long. The Gender Recognition Act does not allow trans people to self-identify their gender and forces them to undergo invasive medical tests. This is wrong. Labour recognised this in our manifesto, pledging to update the act. Theresa May told Pink News that 'changes need to be made' but failed to include anything on this in the Conservative manifesto.feedback

Tom Watson

With 21st Century Fox's bid for Sky being considered by the government right now, questions about Rupert Murdoch's influence over Theresa May were already being asked. This makes them all the more relevant.feedback

Benoît Dillet

This rejection of the ECJ as [a] mediator comes from the U.K. government's rhetorical and strategic call for 'taking back control'. If they manage to reach a compromise, then it would show the strength of EU institutions, since Theresa May has been unilateral on this issue for years.feedback

Andrew Marr

After a few sips and some surreptitious whinnying, I have to conclude that the plot against Theresa May is a little more serious than I had thought.feedback

Chris Grayling

What I know is: we're not a group of clones, we have discussions round the cabinet table and outside cabinet, we debate issues, we decide what's right and we get on with it. I'm very clear that the cabinet and the party are united behind Theresa May, united in determination to get the right deal for the country in Brexit, in the Brexit negotiations, and to make sure we continue the economic progress we've made.feedback

Nick Harvey

We have been doing outreach work but we have not had any patients coming to the last two clinics. A lot of people seem to have gone under the radar. What we also seem to be seeing – even though Theresa May said that there would be no immigration checks on people who survived the fire – is a concern by some people about putting their name on to the NHS database, too. It's something that people are afraid of.feedback

Andrew Rawnsley

She very nearly quit as prime minister on election night. She may end up wishing she had. William Petty, the 2nd Earl of Shelburne, is one of the less well-remembered people to have been a tenant of Number 10. I mention him because, as Tory MPs argue about how long they should give Theresa May, the brief, but illuminating lifespan of that 18th-century prime minister is a possible guide to her future.feedback

François Heisbourg - The International Institute for Strategic Studies

Donald Trump doesn't like weakness, people who tend to fawn and flatter . This is probably where Macron was effective -the white knuckle handshake certainly grabbed Trump's attention. Theresa May was seen as rushing to Washington more ore less desperate to get Trump's attention. That has not been the Macron style.feedback

Schona Jolly

David Davis has confirmed that the EU charter of fundamental rights won’t become domestic law. This must be challenged and debated immediately• Schona Jolly is an international human rights lawyer. There was a time, not so long ago, that David Davis was a great fan of the EU charter of fundamental rights. He liked it so much that he used it to take up a legal challenge against the snooper’s charter (brainchild of the-then home secretary Theresa May), which ended up in Luxembourg.feedback

Rebecca Long-Bailey

Put simply, today's Taylor report shows that Theresa May is failing working people across the country. If they were serious about workers' rights they are welcome to borrow from Labour's manifesto. Our 20-point plan would truly transform the world of work, providing security, rights and protection for millions of working people.feedback

Polly Toynbee

The boulder of Brexit blocks her path, she can feel the Europhobes’ knives at her back, and Corbyn is waiting. The great unravelling is beginning• Polly Toynbee is a Guardian columnist. A year ago today Theresa May was anointed unopposed. What a wretched anniversary, marking an inert year in which absolutely nothing has been done for the country, and even less for her party as she squandered its majority. Beyond the monstrous nightmare that is the eight upcoming Brexit bills, the first of which is to be unfurled on Thursday, there is little in the pipeline either.feedback

Ellie Mae O'Hagan

There are several theories as to why the prime minister is suddenly interested in cross-party ‘ideas’. None of them reflect well on her or her party• Ellie Mae O’Hagan is a freelance journalist. As a superficial and relentlessly idiotic 21-year-old, I decided to sunbathe at peak sunshine hours at the height of summer during a trip to Malawi. “I have such pale legs and they never burn!” I insouciantly declared to onlookers, a mere 12 hours before I began convulsing, shaking, sweating and finding myself unable to walk for three days. I might have called this the most foolhardy act of desperation I had ever known – until last night, when Theresa May trailed a speech in which she went cap in hand to the Labour party for “ideas”.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

Theresa May has finally come clean and accepted the Government has completely run out of ideas. As a result they're having to beg for policy proposals from Labour. They're also brazenly borrowing Labour's campaign slogans. But no one will be fooled - the Tories are the party of the privileged few.feedback

Grant Shapps

During year two, Theresa May will need to operate a completely different model to remain in power. She must throw open Downing Street to welcome innovative ideas, listen to business and make better use of the party's broad talent in parliament and further afield. Trusting others and sharing power beyond a tiny praetorian guard may not be her instinctive approach, but doing so now could still help her go beyond just about managing the year ahead.feedback

Zerlina Maxwell

It's completely inappropriate. What qualifications and experience does Ivanka Trump have in her background that should put her at the table with world leaders like Theresa May and Vladimir Putin? Literally a foot over from Vladimir Putin. This just goes to, I think, the level of inherent corruption in this administration.feedback

Yvette Cooper

These aren't just harmless rants from a sad man in his bedroom. This is the bully pulpit of the most powerful man on the planet, broadcast direct to millions of people, echoed and amplified by the Breitbarts, the cheerleaders, the echo chambers. And we've seen Labour supporters at rallies holding placards with the severed head of Theresa May. Maybe it was meant as a joke. It isn't funny.feedback

Yvette Cooper

I've spent 20 years opposing Theresa May. Twenty years challenging almost everything she's done. I feel huge anger at what she is doing to this country. But I never ever want to Labour people mocking up pictures of her head on a stake. I never ever want our party to dehumanise our opponents. That's what the far right do.feedback

Phil McDuff

Politicians say that it’s sound finance, when in fact it’s a tool used to demonise immigrants and profit from ‘working-class concerns’A few weeks on from the general election, and David Cameron has been disinterred to say giving public sector workers pay rises is the height of selfishness – while Theresa May is back to harping on in prime minister’s questions about the debt left by the last Labour government. It’s apparently 2015 all over again.feedback

Boris Johnson

I think most people, actually, there was an event last night, there was a sort of Conservative party event last night, Theresa May gave a fantastic speech. I was watching her and thinking what unbelievable grace and steel she has shown over the last few weeks when the thing did not frankly look too brilliant on the morning in of June 9, it looked very difficult. She's put things back together, she's got a show on the road, she's delivering a stable government as she said she would and we are getting on with it. I think people can be very proud of what this administration is doing.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

If Theresa May is serious about cutting off financial and ideological support for terrorism, she should publish the suppressed report on foreign funding of UK-based extremism and have difficult conversations with Saudia Arabia, not hug Saudi and allied Gulf states even closer.feedback

Yvette Williams

If the inquiry doesn't look at the wider issues, then nothing changes. Is this about what they want or what we want? We are just in the process of drafting a letter to Theresa May outlining why we are not going to engage any longer unless she removes the judge.feedback

Michelle O'Neill

It's a consequence, as we all know, of the DUP supporting the prime minister (Theresa May) and, in turn, the prime minister supporting the DUP. It should be very clear now – and I've said it repeatedly and we've been consistent in saying 'we want to see these institutions restored'. But we need the executive to work on a sustainable basis.feedback

Owen Jones

Thousands have died at the extremists’ hands. It is scandalous that Theresa May has not released a report into foreign funding. They export extremist ideology which menaces Britain’s national security. The hatred that is manufactured and disseminated within their kingdoms threatens the safety and indeed lives of everyone reading this article. From Saudi Arabia to Kuwait, they are key allies and partners of the British government, and the Tories are endeavouring to forge ever closer links with these despotic exporters of fanaticism. And now these same Tories are sitting on a report given to them last year which examines the foreign funding of extremists in the UK. After three murderous Islamist extremists attacks in the space of a few months, this is nothing short of a national scandal.feedback

Tim Farron

All this government seems to care about is cosying up to one of the most extreme, nasty and oppressive regimes in the world. You would think our security would be more important, but it appears not. For that Theresa May should be ashamed of herself.feedback

Jolyon Maugham

Of course, what went wrong on the night of the blaze is important. But we need to know why, as well as how• Jolyon Maugham QC is a barrister and director of the Good Law Project. Grenfell Tower caught fire in the small hours of Wednesday 14 June, just after midnight. Theresa May announced a public inquiry the very next day. That was the right thing to do. But less than three weeks later its future is already in doubt. What has gone wrong – and can we rescue it?feedback

James Carrick - Legal & General Group

Theresa May tried to move towards having a conversation with the public because we have this issue of an ageing population, we need to support them, but how do we pay for that? That has just disappeared. We as a society have made a commitment to look after our elderly population. I just don't think we appreciate how much this is going to cost.feedback

Robert Ford

While this will further increase the pressures on Theresa May, many Conservatives will be eager to avoid another election now they are trailing Labour in the polls. Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn's position in the party, in serious doubt just a few weeks ago, now looks unassailable. He is recording net positive personal ratings on a regular basis for the first time in his leadership, and Labour's poll share of 45% is among the best the party has seen since the height of Tony Blair's popularity.feedback

Darren Jones

Theresa May went from being the only grown-up in the room to advocating for an ever harder Brexit. It was like she forgot that 48% of the population voted to remain.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May does not have a mandate for continued cuts to our schools, hospitals, police and other vital public services or for a race-to-the-bottom Brexit. Labour will fight these policies every step of the way. Labour won support in every region and nation of Britain for our jobs-first Brexit approach and our policies that would transfer wealth, power and opportunity to the many from the few.feedback

Frances Ryan

Now that desperate people have seen how money can somehow be found to pay off the DUP, they are going to get very angry with this government. Watch Theresa May scramble in the shadow of no majority and the subsequent paper-thin Queen’s speech and it’s as if government as we know it has been entirely disbanded. While EU negotiations and a costly DUP deal take centre stage (and £1bn of public money) a domestic policy agenda is missing in action.feedback

Jane Golding

There is very little here about what Theresa May actually wants to achieve for us and how our rights should be protected, while all along she has said she couldn't offer a unilateral deal because she wanted to protect Britons in Europe, but the impact of this proposal would be negative for us.feedback

Owen Jones

Theresa May ruled out fair pay for nurses, then found huge extra sums for Northern Ireland and Buckingham Palace. It’s time to end the austerity con. There is no magic money tree, say the Tories: unless it’s to bribe extremists to keep them in power, or to renovate the palaces of multi-millionaire monarchs. Today, nurses take to the streets to demand an end to a pay freeze that has slashed the living standards of these life-saving, care-giving national heroes. One such nurse confronted Theresa May – whose lack of emotional intelligence is only matched by her lack of authority – on national television before the election. There was no magic money tree, was May’s robotic response. If the nurse had been met with a middle finger, it would scarcely have been less insulting.feedback

Polly Toynbee

The leader of the House of Commons accuses broadcasters of not being patriotic – yet the Tories have betrayed the nation through cuts to our most valued services and institutions. Patriotic? Who? Not the Tory Brexiteers who have brought this country so alarmingly low. While EU politics are rebooted with new Franco-German confidence, our government is only saved by the Democratic Unionist party. Ignominy doesn’t get much more mortifying than that.feedback

Tom Brake

These people play by the rules, pay taxes and make Britain what it is. Theresa May is treating these people like dirt and we should unilaterality guarantee these people's right to stay.feedback

Theresa Villiers

I think that is an indication that we are close to some form of an agreement on the confidence and supply between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party.feedback

Alistair Carmichael

This is a historic chance to defeat the Government and force Theresa May to rethink her approach to Brexit. Many people, including those who voted Leave, are increasingly worried about what Brexit will mean for our economy and living standards. It is our responsibility as MPs to listen to these concerns and work together to get the best possible deal. We're now staring over the precipice at the economic reality of an extreme Brexit. Future generations won't forgive us if we fail to act.feedback

Tanja Bueltmann

If that is true then it is deeply shocking, because it means that all of the proposals from Theresa May mean nothing. The EU's motivation is, I think, a good one because they don't want there to be the risk of a retrospective change in five years time by authorities in the UK.feedback

Dawn Lewis

We just want some honest answers. We want things put into place – instead of just talking, like Theresa May just talks, talking is no good. We need to see something being done. Why is there glass everywhere now? Glass down the staircase, glass floor to ceiling. If there's a fire that glass will either blow in or blow out. It's just frightening at the moment. We need things in place and we need them to keep us in the loop to let us know what's going on.feedback

Charles Michel

It's time for action and certainty. Not for dreams and uncertainty #Brexit #FutureofEurope. Theresa May is in a very difficult situation in terms of leadership so we will have to see what position Great Britain will defend. We can speculate, but it is a waste of time.feedback

Philip Hammond

We don't agree on everything, but on the big issues about the Union, about the need to grow our economy and to spread the benefits of that growth across all corners of the United Kingdom, on the need to be strong on defence and counter-terrorism - on all of these areas we agree with the Democratic Unionist Party and I am confident that we will be able to come to an arrangement with them to support the Government in the key areas of its programme.feedback

Ian Blackford

There are two things I'd say to Theresa May and her government: there needs to be meeting of the joint ministerial committee so the parliament in London meeting together with the governments of Belfast, of Edinburgh and Cardiff. And of course it is right – and many people have said this – that the Scottish Government should be represented at the talks in Brussels.feedback

Jeffrey Donaldson

What we are asking for is recognition by the Government that after 30 years of a very violent conflict in Northern Ireland when the capital resources were spent on security - on police stations, fortifications, military establishments - our infrastructure fell well behind the rest of the United Kingdom. So what we are asking for is some help to make up that deficit. What we certainly don't want to see is pensioners and the more vulnerable being affected. If what we do benefits people across the United Kingdom then as a unionist party that is something we are proud of.feedback

Anne Perkins

It’s been two weeks since the country voted, yet how the minority Conservatives are going to govern is still unclear. Here’s what could happen next. Theresa May did her best to sound as if she had no intention of going anywhere on Wednesday, as she defended the slender programme laid out in her first – and probably her last – Queen’s speech. She tried to sound as if she had a purpose in holding on to power. But the vivid contrast between her beleaguered performance and the confidence and energy of a reinvigorated Jeremy Corbyn showed just where momentum in this new parliament actually lies.feedback

Jeffrey Donaldson

Those figures would not recognise the fiscal reality in the United Kingdom today. We recognise the realities we're dealing with. The reason for that is we want to bring Northern Ireland up to the same level as the rest of the UK. We believe that in a post-Brexit world, we want the rising tide to lift all the boats, and we want Northern Ireland to benefit from that. If what we do benefits people across the United Kingdom then, as a unionist party, that's something we're proud of.feedback

Rebecca Long-Bailey

This is another stunning U-turn from a demonstrably weak and wobbly government. Only last month Theresa May was explicitly promising a price cap for 17 million families and has now seemingly collapsed under lobbying from the big six energy companies.feedback

Damian Green

Now is absolutely not the time for anything like this. Not at all. One of the things about Theresa May is that she has an enormous sense of duty. She knows that the Conservative party didn't get an absolute majority, but was by far the largest single party. It is her duty, it is our duty, to present our legislative programme to the House of Commons over the next week, and then got on with governing.feedback

Frances O'Grady

Theresa May failed to win a mandate at the ballot box for her no-deal Brexit. Instead, we need a Brexit deal that puts jobs and rights at work first.feedback

Rafael Behr

The party can’t keep relying on older voters, but someone capable of winning young hearts – in England at least – has yet to emerge. Just as trauma is said to turn hair grey overnight, the election has abruptly aged the Conservative party. Theresa May and her ministers are not physically altered, but their whole enterprise feels more decrepit than it did just a month ago.feedback

Martha Gill

The Conservatives are letting May take the flak for the election, Brexit and Grenfell Tower before she is ruthlessly disposed of. Labour has a duty to shake things up. Theresa May can’t be enjoying her job very much at the moment. Her personal poll ratings have dived, protesters bay for her resignation, and the rightwing press has turned on her with a single-mindedness once reserved for promoting her campaign slogans and trashing her opponents.feedback

Anand Menon

It was very, very difficult for Theresa May before the election, and it has now become significantly more difficult still.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

There are a large number of deliberately kept vacant flats and properties all over London - it's called landbanking. People with a lot of money buy a house, buy a flat, keep it empty. Occupy it, compulsively purchase it, requisition it, there's a lot of things you can do. I think everybody cares to an extent, some to a deeper extent and some show empathy in a different way to others. But the real issue is not about what we as individuals feel, Theresa May, me, anybody else, it's what those people are going through.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

But the real issue is not about what we as individuals feel – Theresa May, me, anybody else – it's what those people are going through. Occupy it, compulsory purchase it, requisition it, there's a lot of things you can do. But can't we as a society just think, all of us, it's all very well putting our arms round people during a crisis but homelessness is rising, the housing crisis is getting worse and my point was quite a simple one: in an emergency you have to bring all assets to the table in order to deal with that crisis and that is what I think we should be doing in this case.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

400 or so people, still most of them have not got somewhere decent, safe or secure to stay in. Somehow or other, it seems to be beyond the wit of the public services to deal with the crisis facing a relatively small number of people in a country of 65 million. But the real issue is not about what we as individuals feel, Theresa May, me, anybody else, it's what those people are going through.feedback

Andrew Marr

But you would have been sacked if Theresa May had increased her majority as she expected.feedback

Michael Portillo

Alas, Mrs May was what she's been for the last five or six weeks, and that is to say she wanted an entirely controlled situation in which she didn't use her humanity. She met in private with the emergency services, a good thing to do no doubt. But she should have been there with the residents, which is what Jeremy Corbyn was. And he was there hugging people and being natural with them. The only person who could lead the party who is a proven winner is Ruth Davidson. Theresa May is a proven loser.feedback

Harriet Harman

Theresa May should have met Grenfell Fire residents. She should have been prepared to listen to them. Not OK to speak at them via TV.feedback

Martin Kettle

If she continues to seek a hard exit from the EU, the prime minister will split her party and be remembered as a fleeting, failed leader. When a political party has existed for as long as Britain’s Conservatives, nothing is entirely without precedent. This even goes for the dire situation in which Theresa May finds herself after she threw away her majority in a snap election before setting out to govern with a divided party in a hung parliament.feedback

Owen Jones

Remember her whipping up of bigotry, and political incompetence – that’s the status quo Theresa May wants back. It’s time for a nonstop election campaign. Having averted the most immediate threat, Theresa May is back in No 10. And after her contrition before the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, some within the commentariat would like us to feel some pity for her. But there will be no pity from me – and not just because a few weeks ago she was hoping to obliterate the party I love, and any semblance of a constitutionally necessary opposition. Rather it is because, however abject a figure she cuts now, it is important to retain the memory of who she is and what she stands for. We must organise to take this government down.feedback

Theresa May

What we're doing in relation to the talks that we're holding, the productive talks we're holding with the Democratic Unionist Party, is ensuring that it is possible to, with their support, give the stability to the UK government that I think is necessary at this time. I confirmed to President Macron that the timetable for the Brexit negotiation remains on course and will begin next week.feedback

Alistair Carmichael

Far from softening her stance on Brexit, Theresa May is doubling down by appointing an arch Brexiteer to help lead the negotiations. She is putting a fox in charge of guarding the henhouse.feedback

Michelle Gildernew - Sinn Fein

This new arrangement is very unsettling and people are concerned and wary of what it may mean, and what promises will be given or promises extracted from Theresa May. We've already heard some of the things that have been asked for, issues that have been put to bed a long time ago are now raising their head again.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We will continue to take the fight to the Tories and I will be out campaigning around the country in Conservative marginals in those extra seats we need to gain to deliver the government for the many that almost 13 million people voted for last week. We have a government in complete disarray still unable to reach an agreement, it seems, with the DUP and desperately delaying the Queen's Speech and Brexit negotiations. Far from being strong and stable, the government Theresa May is putting together is weak, wobbly and out of control. This is a government on notice from the voters.feedback

Martin Kettle

In the scrabble for a majority, Theresa May seems to have again rushed into an unnecessary response, overlooking the unionists’ cumbersome baggage. “I’m the person who got us into this mess,” Theresa May told Tory MPs on Monday, “and I’m the one who will get us out of it.” The prime minister is right about the first half of that statement. But she is wrong about the second half. She has not learned from her humbling at the polls last week. In April, she rushed into an unnecessary election. Now, amid the political debris of that error, she is again rushing prematurely into an unnecessary response, in the shape of a destructive pact with the Democratic Unionists in June.feedback

Andrew Adonis

If the mainstream majority among Tory and Labour MPs assert themselves across the party divide, they can save us from the deep damage which a majority Theresa May government would have inflicted on the UK by forcing Britain out of the European single market and customs union.feedback

Abi Wilkinson

Voters are not fools. No matter how adeptly Johnson deflects questions about his record, they know he’s one of the architects of their current struggles. Boris Johnson wants to become leader of the Conservative party. We’ve known that for a while now, of course, but it looks like he’s gearing up to have another go. Anonymously sourced stories have appeared in newspapers, claiming that fellow ministers are urging him to oust Theresa May. Mysteriously leaked WhatsApp videos show him demonstratively urging other MPs to unite behind her. It’s unclear for whose benefit, as even casual observers are quite aware that’s exactly what you would do if you were secretly planning a leadership coup.feedback

Boris Johnson

Mail on Sunday tripe - I am backing Theresa May. Let's get on with the job. Theresa May has got by far the biggest mandate anybody has got for my party for decades. She landed by far the biggest party in government, Jeremy Corbyn did not win this election it's absolutely right she should go ahead and form a government and deliver on the priorities of the people. I will be backing her and absolutely everybody I am talking to is going to be backing her as well.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Nearly 13 million people voted for us to do it. That's why I'm here. I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility. The Prime Minister called this election on the basis she would need a stronger mandate to negotiate Brexit.feedback

Boris Johnson

To those that say the PM should step down, or that we need another election or even - God help us - a second referendum, I say come off it. Get a grip, everyone. The people of Britain have had a bellyful of promises and politicking. Now is the time for delivery - and Theresa May is the right person to continue that vital work.feedback

John Oliver

The United Kingdom, the country that's been saying 'yas queen!' for centuries, held a national election this week. There wasn't actually due to be one for three years, but prime minister Theresa May called it early. It's called a snap election and she did it to consolidate her power, although it din't quite work out that way.feedback

John Oliver

Yes, this was a clusterfuck or, to be more precise, a crumpet-fuck, of epic proportions. Theresa May is hanging onto her job by a thread. To stay in power, she's attempting to cut a distasteful deal with the DUP, a hardline anti-gay, anti-abortion party in Northern Ireland, which has opened her up to even more criticism. Meanwhile, there are rumors of a leadership challenge from within her own party by Boris Johnson, a grown man who perpetually looks like a seven-year-old who just spun in circles for three minutes and is about to throw up.feedback

Martin Kettle

The stability of the 2010-2015 government was ensured by collective leadership: the ‘quad’ of the four senior cabinet members. This prime minister needs her own. In a hung parliament, the art of political survival is to retain control of events and not to become their victim. This is far from easy. It is 24/7 political work, as Labour found between 1974 and 1979, a process brilliantly depicted in James Graham’s play This House. But Theresa May or her successor must master that art if the Tories are to prosper as a minority government.feedback

Barry Gardiner

What we've said is that we need those benefits, and whether they're achieved through reformed membership of the the single market and the customs union, or through a new., bespoke trading arrangement, is actually secondary to achieving the benefits. It's an open question as to what we can get. What we criticised [Theresa May] for doing is taking membership of the single market off the table right from the beginning.feedback

Michael Gove

I'm flattered Theresa May has asked me to rejoin her team. I was quite surprised I have to say. I was down in Surrey enjoying the afternoon with a friend when suddenly the phone rang. There was an invitation to go to No. 10. I knew today was reshuffle day but genuinely didn't expect to get this role.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility. It is quite possible there will be an election later this year or early next year. I'm ready for another general election.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I can still be Prime Minister. This is still on. Absolutely. Theresa May has been to the Palace. She's attempting to form a government. I don't think Theresa May and this government have any credibility. The Prime Minister called this election on the basis she would need a stronger mandate to negotiate Brexit.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I can still be prime minister. Theresa May has been to the palace. She's now attempting to form a government. She's then got to present a programme to Parliament. The Prime Minister called this election on the basis she would need a stronger mandate to negotiate Brexit.feedback

George Osborne

Theresa May is a dead woman walking, it's just a question of how long she's going to remain on Death Row. I think we will know very shortly – in other words, we could easily get to the middle of next week and it all collapses for her. Or if it doesn't – and there are many Tory MPs who don't want a leadership contest right now, it'll be delayed. But be in no doubt, you've got the leader of the opposition coming on the programme as a sort of victor, and you've got the Prime Minister, who is supposed to have won the election, in hiding. And that speaks volumes.feedback

Nick Clegg

The election has not usurped the EU referendum, but it has reshaped the kind of Brexit that is deliverable politically. Only a soft Brexit will now command the majority [Theresa May] needs in parliament.feedback

Tom Watson

A Tory-DUP alliance will be so fragile that it could collapse under the weight of disapproval from the prime minister’s MPs alone. This coalition cannot last. Theresa May has spent her weekend sacking her closest advisers and carrying out an emergency cabinet reshuffle in a desperate attempt to avoid taking responsibility for a disastrous election campaign and save her premiership. According to one of her former advisers, she is “friendless and alone”. She deserves to be.feedback

Yvette Cooper

It was always a mistake by Theresa May to try to conduct the Brexit negotiations through a small Tory cabal. This is the biggest issue for our country for a generation and if the deal is going to be sustainable it needs cross-party support and a broad consensus behind it. The whole thing will just fall apart. We should set up a small cross-party commission to conduct the negotiations, and have a clear and transparent process to build consensus behind the final deal.feedback

George Osborne

The Tory party was absolutely furious that Theresa May failed to acknowledge the loss and suffering of many MPs.feedback

Louise Traynor

Does Theresa May care that I've been on minimum wage for three years and I'm still paying my student debt? No, she doesn't. All she cares about is Brexit and getting her deal.feedback

Gavin Barwell

I voted for Theresa May to become Prime Minister. I believe she is the best person to heal the divisions in our country that last year's referendum and the General Election have laid bare, getting the best Brexit deal for the whole country and leading us towards a brighter future outside the EU. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as her chief of staff.feedback

Brian Klaas

It is possible and even likely that some voters turned away from Theresa May as a result of her hand-holding with Donald Trump in the final days of the campaign. Trump's decision to attack London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the immediate aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack was seen, across party lines, as a disgraceful move.feedback

Nick Timothy

The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour. I take responsibility for my part in this election campaign, which was the oversight of our policy programme. In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care.feedback

Nick Timothy

The reason for the disappointing result was not the absence of support for Theresa May and the Conservatives but an unexpected surge in support for Labour. One can speculate about the reasons for this, but the simple truth is that Britain is a divided country: many are tired of austerity, many remain frustrated or angry about Brexit, and many younger people feel they lack the opportunities enjoyed by their parents' generation. I want to reaffirm my ongoing support for the Conservative Party and its principles.feedback

Mick Cash

These results prove that the toxic Southern rail franchise was a game changer in key seats along the routes served. RMT is demanding that the axing of the guards is reversed and the union will harass Theresa May and the transport ministers in her minority government every step of the way as we step up the fight to put safety and access to services before private profit and greed.feedback

Peter Hyman

We haven't won that election. We shouldn't pretend that this is a famous victory. It is good as far as it's gone but it's not going to be good enough. I've never known a more beatable prime minister than Theresa May – brittle, I think. Very, very wobbly and shaky indeed.feedback

Peter Hyman

Of course Jeremy Corbyn did better than anyone expected in this election, including many in the Labour party. He deserves credit for running a far better campaign than Theresa May, but there has also got to be some realism about this. Labour has lost a third election in a row and it was an election that, with the right people and programme, was easily winnable.feedback

Lucy Powell

Theresa May is toast and has thankfully been stopped in her tracks. I'm genuinely really looking forward to getting back to parliament to work with Jeremy and all my colleagues in being a fierce, strong and responsible opposition.feedback

John McDonnell

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

Fiona Hill - The Brookings Institution

It's been a pleasure to serve in government, and a pleasure to work with such an excellent Prime Minister. I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as Prime Minister – and do it brilliantly.feedback

Nick Cohen

No one can deny that the Labour leader ran a fluent campaign, but can he capitalise on it?In March, the polls had Theresa May beating Jeremy Corbyn by a margin that had not been seen for decades. I said bluntly the Tories were heading for a landslide it would take the liberal-left a decade to recover from. Every Labour activist I knew agreed, including members of Corbyn’s staff.feedback

Jess Phillips

Not saying sorry has cost May dearly in this election, but Labour needs to get its house in order too. The ability to say “I was wrong” or to own up to your mistakes is very powerful. I teach my children that admitting fault is the quickest way to stop the problem, move on and get on with whatever it is you should be doing. This was clearly not a lesson learned by Theresa May. Her inability to just say “Sorry, folks, turns out you didn’t like the dementia tax, so I’ve changed my mind” has cost her dear.feedback

Jonathan Powell

It’s essential not to undermine the government’s position as an impartial mediator, says the former chief negotiator. Mrs May agreed a loose alliance with the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist party (DUP) yesterday to prop up her government. I believe this is a terrible mistake with lasting consequences and not just for the very valid reasons raised by Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Tories, about the DUP’s attitudes to LGBTI rights.feedback

Andrew Rawnsley

With the Conservatives having lost all faith in her leadership, Mrs May is still in office but she has no power. No one won this election, but everyone can see who lost it. The country, which sensed hubris and punished it with humiliation, can see. Foreign leaders shake bewildered heads at the chaos inflicted on a Britain that was once renowned abroad for its stability. They can see. The world can see. Theresa May triggered an early election to secure a majority and a mandate – and she has got neither. She presented the country with an imperious demand for a blank cheque on Brexit and much else. The country declined to sign it. She chose to conduct this election as a referendum on her leadership – and was told no.feedback

Yvette Cooper

It was always a mistake by Theresa May to try to conduct the Brexit negotiations through a small Tory cabal. This is the biggest issue for our country for a generation and if the deal is going to be sustainable it needs cross-party support and a broad consensus behind it. Now it is more important than ever. There is neither strength nor stability in a narrow, bunkered one-party approach, you need to include people with different ideas to get the best deal and widest support.feedback

Stephen Dorrell

At the beginning of the general election campaign, Theresa May said she was seeking a mandate to negotiate her sort of Brexit; the result denies her that mandate. The prime minister's version of Brexit was set out in the Conservative election manifesto; it said that sovereignty was a red line, and concluded that Britain must withdraw from both the single market and the customs union. In doing so, it threatened our economic interests, and funding for our public services.feedback

Ruth Davidson

As a Protestant unionist about to marry an Irish Catholic, here's the Amnesty Pride lecture I gave in Belfast. I was fairly straightforward with her (Theresa May) and I told her that there were a number of things that count to me more than the party. One of them is country, one of the others is LGBTI rights. I asked for a categoric assurance that if any deal or scoping deal was done with the DUP there would be absolutely no rescission of LGBTI rights in the rest of the UK, in Great Britain, and that we would use any influence that we had to advance LGBTI rights in Northern Ireland.feedback

Chris Leslie

We should have been getting in there. I've never known a more beatable Prime Minister than Theresa May - brittle, I think very, very wobbly and shaky indeed. I will never apologise for my view, which is yes, you've got to of course inspire people, absolutely, and we haven't done that well enough in the past. But you've also got to convince them of your credibility that you can actually move from protesting about a government into being the government. Those are the questions we've really got to ask ourselves.feedback

Jennifer Hudson

I thought: 'We will never see Theresa May like that with her supporters,' . He has managed to create a human connection with his voters.feedback

Theresa May

Having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the General Election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist Party has the legitimacy and ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons. As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular. Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom.feedback

Theresa May

As we do, we will continue to work with our friends and allies in the Democratic Unionist Party in particular. Our two parties have enjoyed a strong relationship over many years, and this gives me the confidence to believe that we will be able to work together in the interests of the whole United Kingdom. This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country, securing a new partnership with the EU which guarantees our long-term prosperity.feedback

Peter Boockvar - The Lindsey Group

What is possibly most distressing about the vote outcome is not just the difficulty Theresa May now has in governing, both Brexit and the country itself, it was the belief in the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and their party who might as well be Bernie Sanders' twin brother in his thoughts.feedback

George Osborne

If the poll is anything like accurate, this is completely catastrophic for the Conservatives and for Theresa May. Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is almost unable to form a government, then she, I doubt, will survive in the long term as Conservative Party leader.feedback

Jim Cramer

Theresa may or may not be the prime minister. If you want certainty, then I think you're not going to get it from her reign.feedback

Andre Van Loon - We Are Social

The Conservatives and Theresa May really missed a trick over the past six weeks. They would have seen the data as it came through and yet they didn't change anything. They could have tried to be more appealing to young people from the start.feedback

Laura Kuenssberg - BBC

Theresa May has no intention of announcing her resignation later today.feedback

Theresa May

What the country needs more than ever is certainty and having secured the largest number of votes and the greatest number of seats in the general election, it is clear that only the Conservative and Unionist party has the legitimacy and the ability to provide that certainty by commanding a majority in the House of Commons. This will allow us to come together as a country and channel our energies towards a successful Brexit deal that works for everyone in this country.feedback

Tim Farron

If Theresa May, or any other Conservative, approaches the Liberal Democrats and asks for our support to deliver their agenda, let me make our position clear: no deal is better than a bad deal. There will be no deals, no coalitions and no confidence and supply arrangements. If the government puts a Queen´s Speech or a budget in front of us, we will judge it on whether or not we think it is good for the country - and if it isn´t then we will not support it.feedback

Shane Oliver - AMP Capital Investors

The Tories did far worse than expected in the UK election. This puts a cloud around Theresa May and is messy for the UK economy and its Brexit negotiations and hence is a negative for the British pound and share market. The UK is just 2.5 per cent of world GDP and it's hard to see significant implications for global investment markets. Just noise – unless you are in the UK or have a big exposure there!feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

Clearly it's a disappointing result, we've lost some tremendous MPs. This is a disaster for Theresa May, she called an election clearly very arrogantly thinking that she was going to crush the opposition, sweep everybody aside and cruise to a landside majority, her position is very, very difficult. There is clearly uncertainty around Brexit and independence which clearly will be factor in tonight's results - you know a lot of thinking for the SNP to do.feedback

Nigel Farage

Whatever happens, Theresa May is toast. They are fundamentally anti-establishment in their attitudes and the vicar's daughter (May) is very pro-establishment. And I think she came across in the campaign as not only as wooden and robotic but actually pretty insincere.feedback

Tom Watson

We still don't know the final result of this election, it is too early to say, but it looks likely to be a very, very bad result for Theresa May. Well results are still coming in, but we are going to hold her to that.feedback

Maria Balas

England is under attack and at this time we need a strong leader more than ever. I don't like Theresa May, and I wouldn't have bothered to vote if this election was all about giving her more power to take us into the mess of Brexit, but now we are dealing with a security crisis, and I think she is the most qualified person in the running who can deal with that.feedback

Karl Schamotta - Global Payments

Theresa May appears to have lost her electoral gamble, . Major risks lie ahead for the pound, and for risk-sensitive assets globally.feedback

Tom Watson

She said she was strong and stable, the public saw she was weak and wobbly. She said she was a bloody difficult woman, she boasted about it, the public saw that she was just a woman who was finding it all a bit too bloody difficult. Labour fought a people-powered campaign, putting passion and principle against the Tories' corporate millions and we did better than many said we would. People responded well to Jeremy Corbyn's energy, honesty, candour, and energy – just as they saw Theresa May run away from holding herself to account.feedback

Ian Birrell

While Jeremy Corbyn was getting his message across, Theresa May was mired in negativity. The party must learn from this setback – and rediscover a spirit of optimism. There is one clear lesson from the strangest election campaign of my lifetime: the Tories need to chuck away the dismal Lynton Crosby playbook that treats voters like fools and relies solely on fear.feedback

Suzanne Moore

Voters saw through the tabloids’ hysterical attacks on the Labour leader. Now their feared editors just look like strange angry blokes selling hate. It’s the Sun wot didn’t win it. And despite the Mail’s pages and pages of frenzied warnings about how electing communist terrorists would be the end of the world, the Mail didn’t do it for their woman either. Theresa May is a creature of the Mail after all. She is everything they want in a woman: repressed, married, slim. A stooping exercise in personal restraint, albeit one who will send out racist vans on a chill day. Her childlessness fits their agenda: this is what happens to “career women”, the price that has to be paid. She is uptight and puritanical, their idea of what Christian means. Shoes and statement jewellery stand in for recognisable human traits.feedback

Owen Jones

This was not about Tory failure. If Labour had offered the same old stale, technocratic centrism it would have faced an absolute drubbing. This is one of the most sensational political upsets of our time. Theresa May – a wretched dishonest excuse of a politician, don’t pity her – launched a general election with the sole purpose of crushing opposition in Britain. It was brazen opportunism, a naked power grab: privately, I’m told, her team wanted the precious “bauble” of going down in history as the gravediggers of the British Labour party. Instead, she has destroyed herself. She is toast.feedback

Ayesha Hazarika

Many of us in the party thought he would cost Labour seats and wipe us out. Now, after his election success, the party must unite behind him. I was in the busy, bustling media hub of ITV News when the exit poll dropped, and the shock was palpable. I was there as a political commentator with the great and the good of the media establishment. The last time we were gathered there we’d been caught out by the Brexit result, and once again we were all in collective shock. We had all overestimated Theresa May and underestimated Jeremy Corbyn.feedback

George Osborne

Theresa May is probably going to be one of the shortest-serving prime ministers in our history. Hard Brexit went in the rubbish bin tonight. The manifesto which was drafted by her and about two other people was a total disaster and must go down now as one of the worst manifestos in history by a governing party. I say one of the worst, I can't think of a worse one. What you could tell was, having given these sort of speeches, there was one thing in her mind she wanted to say - which was, the Conservative Party was going to provide a period of stability in the coming period. That was all.feedback

Emily Thornberry

Labour offered voters hope and a fully costed commitment to public services, and that has altered the course of political debate. It has been extraordinary night for Labour and for British politics. When Theresa May called the election, the Tories were more than 20 points up in the polls and the media ridiculed anyone who challenged the idea of a landslide. Now that all seems like a very long time ago. Labour has made gains in England, Scotland and Wales. Our share of the vote looks set to be as high as in 2001. Whatever the final figures, I could not be more proud of the campaign we ran. Our policies to transform Britain have united our party and inspired millions of people across the country.feedback

Alex Salmond

Nicola Sturgeon has made it clear that we're very interested in the idea of a progressive alliance or understanding to deny the Tories a majority. We're very much in that band of politics. I think we will be facing a different Prime Minister because if we are in a situation where Theresa May, having called an unnecessary election, having had exposed blatantly during this campaign her weaknesses and deficiencies as a Prime Minister, if indeed she fails to get a majority, then she is not long for the job.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I'd like to thank all our members and supporters who have worked so hard on this campaign, from door knocking to social media, and to everyone who voted for a manifesto which offers real change for our country. Whatever the final result, we have already changed the face of British politics. There is a very large question mark over whether the Tories will want Theresa May fighting the next election if the exit poll proves to be correct.feedback

Paul Nuttall

If the exit poll is true then Theresa May has put Brexit in jeopardy. I said at the start this election was wrong. Hubris. I think she will start to barter things away. I think fisheries will go, I think there will be some sort of movement on immigration and freedom of movement, I think she might buckle on that. And I think she will certainly buckle on the divorce bill.feedback

George Osborne

I worked very well with Theresa May and I think she has intelligence and integrity. Clearly if she's got a worse result than two years ago and is almost unable to form a government then she I doubt will survive in the long term as Conservative party leader. She called the election to strengthen her hand, there will be two questions Conservative MPs are considering right now. Can we get into Government and second has Theresa May lost this election? I would remind you of the leaflet that was put through so many doors...in her name ... if I lose six seats I lose this election.feedback

David Gauke - Treasury

I don't think there's anything else who could lead us into the negotiations so effectively. The idea that we should ignore that and naval gaze would be a big mistake. Theresa May continues to be the right person to lead that. She's the right person for the job, clearly.feedback

David Gauke - Treasury

I think that Theresa May continues to be the dominant figure in the Conservative Party. She won the party leadership with a massive majority of members of parliament. Given that we've got really important negotiations beginning in 11 days time the responsibility of those of us who hope to be elected as Conservative MPs is to continue to support her.feedback

Rafael Behr

May’s judgment has been exposed as horrendously faulty. The idea that negotiations will begin in within a fortnight is surely untenable. Stop the clock. The UK has two years to negotiate the terms of its exit from the European Union – less, in fact, because the countdown started in March, when Theresa May activated article 50 of the Lisbon treaty. She decided shortly afterwards that she could afford the luxury of a few weeks campaigning in a general election, which would then afford her a gargantuan mandate to finish the job at her leisure and on her terms.feedback

George Osborne

It is early days. It's a poll. If the poll is anything like accurate this is completely catastrophic for the Conservatives and for Theresa May. It's difficult to see, if these numbers were right, how they would put together the coalition to remain in office. But equally it's quite difficult looking at those numbers to see how Labour could put together a coalition so it's on a real knife edge, and I think over the next few hours it's going to make a huge difference just a few ... seats because by my reckoning both parties have got coalitions which just fall short of an overall majority.feedback

Mark Wickham-Jones

Theresa May doesn't look happy on the campaign trail. And Labour have proved quite effective at chipping away at things like her reluctance to debate.feedback

Marc Chandler - Brown Brothers Harriman

I think people are nervous about sterling but the general positioning suggests that people anticipate (British Prime Minister Theresa) May to win and to still hold on to a majority.feedback

Andrew Hawkins

The Conservative lead was sealed when Theresa May secured support from around half of UKIP's 2015 voters, worth almost two million votes, or six percentage points. Despite Mrs May's ratings taking a hit during the campaign, older voters in particular have stuck with her Party and it appears that the electoral gamble is about to pay off.feedback

Tom Brake

It is time for Theresa May to do the right thing and cancel the state visit.feedback

Tom Brake

Theresa May has allowed Donald Trump 24 hours to bully the Mayor of London. It isn't good enough. Trump's attack on Sadiq Khan was not only wrong, it was outrageous. Just as has been shown in so many other areas, when it comes to Trump, Theresa May is meek and mild, not strong and stable.feedback

Laura Dunn

It's great to see many younger women fascinated by Theresa May. It's an indication of how strong and inspiring a leader she is, and how she is encouraging younger individuals to find out more about the political process and policy.feedback

Laura Dunn

I think Theresa May is a strong leader. Her position on and commitment to social justice, women's rights and meritocracy are three positions which resonate strongly.feedback

John Curtice

The golden rule is that younger voters do not turn out in the same numbers as older voters, but in this election the question is how wide the age differential will be – and that is very difficult to call. It's pretty clear now that if the polls are right and young people turn up and vote in larger numbers than in 2015, the general election will be much more difficult for Theresa May than she wanted it to be.feedback

Ceri Thomas

We will only find out who Theresa May really is after the election.feedback

Jessica Bridge - Ladbrokes

So ultimately it's a bit of a deja vu scenario, meaning we're staring down a multi-million pound payout if Theresa May has made the biggest mistake of her career by calling this Election and allowing Labour and Jeremy Corbyn into No.10.feedback

Kate Maltby

May has benefited from Corbyn’s flaws, but out on the doorsteps the Tory brand is still toxic. What happened to the positive vision in their manifesto?We are one day away from polling day. Theresa May called this snap election to capitalise on the lead of 24-point that some polls gave her, and crush Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party. Now, that lead has declined to the point where one poll even predicts a hung parliament. Why?feedback

Mary Talbot

I do not like Theresa May. The last few weeks have shown how weak she is on terrorism. I did not think that it was a main issue until the last few weeks and now I am worried about my kids and about safety. May has cut police officers and made our country less secure.feedback

William Wagner

I hate Theresa May. My main issue is terrorism. We need to stop it right away.feedback

Jonathan Freedland

From dementia tax U-turns to ducking interviews, if the Tory leader triumphs on Thursday, it will be despite the campaign she’s fought – not because of it. After the experience of the last couple of years, surely only a mug would offer a rash prediction about the outcome of the general election – as Prime Minister Ed Miliband, President Hillary Clinton and the winning remain campaign can testify. But here’s one all the same: whether she wins or loses, and even if she bags a much enhanced majority, Theresa May will not fight another general election.feedback

Andy Murray

We've watched pretty much all of them. We didn't watch the ITV debate, which didn't have [Jeremy] Corbyn or Theresa May. Then we watched the BBC one. So I've tried to keep up with it as much as possible. A lot of the time when things are not going well you start over-thinking things. You start wanting to try new things on the practice court, changing tensions in your racket. You think all sorts of things to work out what is going wrong.feedback

Peter Wishart

I'm pretty certain the people of Perth and North Perthshire know Ruth Davidson opposes a second independence referendum, I think that's got through. But people are beginning to recognise a bit of a smokescreen and the more they see of Theresa May the less they like it. I've been in this constituency for 16 years, I know everybody. People recognise what I've got to offer, I've been an effective parliamentarian, the first SNP MP to chair a select committee, I'm the shadow Leader of the House, I can raise issues effectively in parliament and I've stood by them and that's a huge factor.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Indeed I would, because there's been calls made by a lot of very responsible people on this who are very worried that she was at the Home Office for all this time, presided over these cuts in police numbers and is now saying that we have a problem - yes, we do have a problem, we should never have cut the police numbers. We've got an election on Thursday and that's perhaps the best opportunity to deal with it. Theresa May responsible for security failures of London Bridge, Manchester, Westminster Bridge. Should be resigning not seeking re-election.feedback

Khalid Mahmood

Our borders are like a sieve. Theresa May when Home Secretary dramatically cut the numbers of border staff. It is easy for jihadists to come in with biometric passports and use the machines at the airports. As I understand it the biometric machines are not linked to the various watchlists being used. The system is not coordinated.feedback

Sadiq Khan

When Theresa May first invited him on a state visit to our country at a time when he was proposing a travel ban on Muslims and changing the American policy on refugees, I said it was inappropriate to be rolling out the red carpet for Donald Trump … nothing has changed my mind.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

I think in all honesty none of us actually know at the moment. Theresa May has said explicitly – and I readily concede there's a lot of scepticism about this – but she has said that that will be before the UK exits in spring 2019. Which is why I have talked in that time frame. If it takes longer than that, then it will be longer than that before we are at the end of the Brexit process.feedback

Rafael Behr

Theresa May once understood that the EU made Britain more secure. Now she pretends we can safely break free. It is hard to keep a sense of perspective in the final days of a campaign, amid the cacophony of closing arguments. The background scene is blurred in the sprint to the finish line. Tension and uncertainty have been amplified by a savage terrorist attack. It is impossible to know exactly how the monstrosity perpetrated around London Bridge on Saturday will weigh upon the decisions voters make in the polling booth. But it is fair to suppose that the timing was not coincidental. Whoever plotted that attack, and the one in Manchester two weeks earlier, surely intended to disrupt the democratic process.feedback

George Monbiot

The Labour leader’s improved performance and raft of popular policies have given me an unfamiliar feeling as I prepare to go to the polls: optimism. How they mocked. My claim, in a Guardian video a month ago, that Labour could turn this election around, was received with hilarity. “Fantasy Island”, “pure pie in the sky”, “delusional”, “magical thinking”, “grow up” were among the gentler comments. The election campaign, almost everyone agreed, would be a victory lap for the Conservatives. The only question was whether Theresa May would gain a massive majority or a spectacular one. Now the braying voices falter.feedback

David Gauke - Treasury

The only way to keep taxes low and economy strong is to vote Theresa May and the Conservatives on Thursday.feedback

Damian Green

This is irresponsible scaremongering by Jeremy Corbyn – who can't be honest about the fact he is relying on his magic money tree to pay for all his un-costed promises. We have always been very clear that we will always look after the most vulnerable. The best way to protect our elderly is to keep our economy strong and get the Brexit negotiations right. Theresa May has the plan to deliver that and lock in the economic progress we've made if she continues as Prime Minister on Friday – Jeremy Corbyn on the other hand would put everything at risk.feedback

Steve Hilton

Theresa May responsible for security failures of London Bridge, Manchester, Westminster Bridge. Should be resigning not seeking re-election. I am so sick of Theresa May blaming others for terror when the system she presided over has obviously failed so lamentably.feedback

Jake Trask

A run on the pound is a possibility come Friday morning should Prime Minister Theresa May fail to win a majority, therefore casting doubt over the whole Brexit negotiation process under Labour or a coalition.feedback

Karen Bradley

What I'm interested in is making sure that we have the right resources, the right powers, and the right training and capabilities. I am assured by the police that they have that to deal with the counter-terrorism threat, but we need to look, learn lessons and make sure that we act where appropriate and we need a leader who is prepared to take those decisions, and that is Theresa May. Piers, we are here to talk about how the attack on Saturday, how we react to that attack, and how we make sure on Thursday that we have the right person elected to Downing Street so that we can deal with it.feedback

Steve Hilton

Theresa May responsible for security failures of London Bridge, Manchester, Westminster Bridge. Should be resigning not seeking re-election. Theresa May blame-shifting again. her spin doctors attack MI5, but she was in charge of them for years... I think her spin and carefully crafted language masks the reality that she doesn't know what she is doing.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

You cannot protect the public on the cheap. The police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts. Theresa May was warned by the Police Federation but she accused them of 'crying wolf'. We do need to have some difficult conversations, starting with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that have funded and fuelled extremist ideology. It is no good Theresa May suppressing a report into the foreign funding of extremist groups. We have to get serious about cutting off the funding to these terror networks, including Isis, here and in the Middle East.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May was warned by the Police Federation but she accused them of crying wolf. Yes, we do need to have some difficult conversations, starting with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that have funded and fuelled extremist ideology. It is no good Theresa May suppressing a report into the foreign funding of extremist groups. We have to get serious about cutting off the funding to terror networks, including Isis, here and in the Middle East.feedback

Polly Toynbee

The harsh light of the election campaign has shown up her hollowness – and inability to respond to heartbreak. There was a brief flicker of relief when Theresa May was crowned by her party. At least she was not Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Andrea Leadsom or any of that gallery of extremist Brexiters and free market ideologues. But the country hardly knew her then. Surely, some hoped, she had an air of competence and solidity acquired from six years in the perilous Home Office, where few survive long without mishap. Only now is it obvious how lucky she was to be viewed in this light – but now her record has come back to haunt her.feedback

Mark Serwotka

Nobody here will say: 'If it wasn't for this cut, that wouldn't have happened.' It would be folly to say so. But what we can say is that the figures speak for themselves and questions need to be asked – you need to put resources into continually keep people safe. We believed from the information we have that there has been a significant cut in the counter-terrorism budget in London in the period when Theresa May was home secretary.feedback

Owen Jones

After the London Bridge attack, the Tories must respond with a commitment to reverse the cuts they have imposed on our police forces. Yesterday, Theresa May made a cold, calculated decision to violate the agreement to suspend political campaigning in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attack at London Bridge. Standing on the steps of Downing Street behind the official prime ministerial coat of arms, she could have simply stuck to condemning an atrocity, calling for resilience and solidarity. That indeed was the theme of the first half of her speech. In the second half of her speech, she advanced political proposals, blew a dogwhistle about “far too much tolerance” of extremism, and declared: “Enough is Enough.”.feedback

Tim Farron

We have a government anti-terrorism engagement strategy that isn't trusted and doesn't listen to communities, even when they do try to speak out about those – like Salman Abedi – who are considered a danger. In the choice between ineffective mass surveillance, and investment in the sort of intelligence we are told is best – on the ground and closest to our communities, trusted and appreciated – Theresa May chose the former through the Investigatory Powers Act.feedback

Tim Farron

Theresa May now has a choice. Does she publish that report or keep it hidden? Theresa May talks of the need to have some difficult and sometimes embarrassing conversations. That should include exposing and rooting out the source funding of terror, even it means difficult and embarrassing conversations with those like Saudi Arabia that the government claims are our allies.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

You cannot protect the public on the cheap. We do need to have some difficult conversations, starting with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states that have funded and fuelled extremist ideology. It is no good Theresa May suppressing a report into the foreign funding of extremist groups. We have to get serious about cutting off the funding to these terror networks, including Isis, here and in the Middle East. The mass murderers who brought terror to our streets in London and Manchester want our election to be halted.feedback

Iain Duncan Smith

I think what is on the table is a much tighter view about the way we got about this TPIM stuff. One of the things that I was concerned about in coalition – I know Theresa May was when she was Home Secretary – was during the coalition the TPIM order that we brought in, which gives those powers, was watered down.feedback

Steven Fielding

Corbyn "will both say they are not playing politics with this, but they both are. But maybe these are messages that play to their core votes: Theresa May, security and him [Corbyn] talking about austerity. It may be they are reinforcing their existing base.feedback

Nicola Sturgeonbelieves

I think Scotland will be independent, yes, but, you know, that's a choice for the Scottish people. The point of principle for me is the end of the process. Now, why I set out those dates is that that is what Theresa May is telling us right now the end of the process will be.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Our priority must be public safety and I will take whatever action is necessary and effective to protect the security of our people and our country. That includes full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did last night, as they did in Westminster in March. You cannot protect the public on the cheap. The police and security services must get the resources they need, not 20,000 police cuts. Theresa May was warned by the Police Federation but she accused them of 'crying wolf.feedback

Iain Clark - Efficient Frontier

In the unlikely event of a hung parliament, no party can claim to be able to negotiate a deal with the EU if it can't negotiate a deal with UK coalition partners. The worst case outcome for sterling is probably a razor thin margin for Theresa May with a greatly diminished majority, that would make hard Brexit much more likely.feedback

John McDonnell

The mask has finally slipped. The only guarantee the Tories are prepared to give at this election is to big business and high earners while low and middle income earners have seen no guarantee from Theresa May that their taxes won't be raised and pensioners are left to worry about whether they will be able to heat their homes or even keep their homes, with no clarity on cuts to winter fuel payments or the dementia tax.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

Only the Lib Dems have a positive economic plan, including boosting spending while still achieving a surplus on the current budget. Theresa May keeps insisting that no deal is better than a bad deal, but an extreme Brexit could be disastrous.feedback

Iain Duncan Smith

I think in all campaigns you'll get ups and downs, particularly when you're defending records, it's much more difficult as a government to defend a record, it means sometimes you get on the backfoot. But I think all in all I sense that the Theresa May that I know is coming out much more. If you watched the presidential debates all through the presidential election it didn't really change anything at all, and my sense is actually the audience participation debates are better than the head-to-heads for the very simple reasons that you saw last night.feedback

Richard Burden

People are understanding that Theresa May is not so strong and stable, and her policies on education and social care have caused outrage among some traditional Tory voters, and people are hearing what Jeremy Corbyn is saying, not just what people say about him.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

If there was to be a hung parliament, if the parliamentary arithmetic allowed it, then I would want the SNP to be part of a progressive alternative to a Conservative government. Not in a coalition, I don't envisage any formal coalitions, but on an issue-by-issue basis to put forward progressive policies and to see a progressive agenda. My reading of the polls says that Theresa May and the Tories are still on the track to win this election.feedback

Calum Campbell

A month ago Theresa May seemed invincible, and Jeremy Corbyn incompetent. But voters are craving a real choice, and his leadership offers them one. When Theresa May called a snap general election, the first thing I did was call my dad, Alastair Campbell, to tell him how smart and strategic a move I thought it was. I believed that the Labour party would face catastrophe. That voters in Labour strongholds across the north of England would crave her policies on immigration, fear Jeremy Corbyn’s historical links to the IRA, and clamour for the modern-day iron lady. Theresa May clearly felt the same, kicking off her campaign in Hartlepool with a smile that suggested a belief that the election was over before it had even started.feedback

Joan Ryan

I know from speaking to people around here that many who have previously voted Labour are thinking hard this time because, they tell me, they have more confidence in Theresa May as prime minister than they would have in Jeremy Corbyn. The polls are all saying that the Conservative party will win a large majority, possibly with more MPs than they have ever had before. Realistically, no one thinks Theresa May will not be prime minister or that she will not have the majority she needs to negotiate Brexit.feedback

Emily Thornberry

The only question is why Theresa May does not have her name on this joint statement. Given the chance to present a united front with our European partners, she has instead opted for cowardice and subservience to Donald Trump. It is a dereliction of her duty both to our country and to our planet.feedback

Martin Kettle

Britain is caught in a trap of the prime minister’s making: between a Europe it rejects and an America it should reject. Which is the real ally?Six weeks ago Theresa May stood in Downing Street and announced that Britain needed a general election to strengthen her hand on Europe. This week, after a reputation-denting campaign in which she has failed to debate Europe or anything else, she has returned to the Brexit theme.feedback

Ruth Davidson

I've seen Theresa May work. I've seen the application she puts in, the hard work she does, the diligence that she has in Number 10. I think she will absolutely rise to the challenge. There's a question about what you want in a Prime Minister and if you want a reality TV star then look America because that's what you've got in Donald Trump. If you want a serious person of government, you've got one of the longest-serving Home Secretaries on record, who has faced down terror threats in this country and has done again just in the last week.feedback

Marienna Pope-Weidemann

The party’s leader performed well in the BBC debate. But we don’t need another performer: we need a leader with real values and the courage to stick to them. “Hair-shirt, muesli-eating Guardian readers”. That’s what Tim Farron called us. Big words from a man whose party languishes at 8% in the polls. He accused Theresa May of taking her supporters for granted – well sure, but what do you call this? I’m not one to judge a political figure on a one-off television performance. It is, after all, not Britain’s Got Talent. But Farron’s behaviour on the BBC debate is symptomatic of an underlying and quite incurable condition: he’s a career politician. He will say whatever it takes to rescue his party from oblivion.feedback

Ed Davey

The Paris agreement is facing a mortal, US-led threat. But at this crucial moment, our prime minister is, once again, absent, silent and weak. The most important international agreement to tackle climate change is about to be dealt a severe blow – but Theresa May is nowhere to be found.feedback

Tim Farron

I cannot see any chance of us getting a better deal than the one we have now. In a democracy it's right to stand by your principles isn't it? I will campaign in that referendum on the basis of what's best for Britain. My view is I cannot see how Theresa May will be able to get a deal better than the one we currently have. I'm passionate about the European ideal. I'm often critical of things the commission does, just as I'm critical of things the British government does.feedback

Tim Farron

One of the things that stops you getting your message across is the thought that if you vote for the Liberal Democrats it's a proxy for X or for Y. We are not in a position, I don't think, where we could potentially go into coalition with another party, led by Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn, which wants to take Britain out of that free trade deal to damage all of our children's [future].feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Theresa May says no deal is better than a bad deal. Let's be clear: no deal is in fact a bad deal. It is the worst of all deals because it would leave us with World Trade Organisation tariffs and restrictions instead of the access to European markets we need. That would mean slapping tariffs on the goods we export – an extra 10% on cars – with the risk that key manufacturers would leave for the European mainland, taking skilled jobs with them.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We know the three Tories in whose hands Theresa May has placed our national future - David Davis, Boris Johnson and Liam Fox. Now you know I don't do personal attacks, so let me just say that in Labour's Brexit team, there is no one who has fibbed to the British people about spending an extra £350 million a week on the NHS because of Brexit, and nobody who has promised to use Brexit to slash workers' rights or slash tax for big corporations in a continental race to the bottom.feedback

John Curtice

Every single pollster, using whatever method, has found a rise in Labour support and something of a decline in Conservative support. We can't be sure Theresa May is going to achieve her political objective of a landslide majority. We don't know whether she is going to achieve her original ambition in calling this election or not. That's what's changed.feedback

Kathleen Brooks - GAIN Capital

We think there is a chance of a deeper sell-off back towards $1.20 if it looks like Theresa May won't have a big enough mandate to agree a trade deal with the UK. The prospect of no deal from the Brexit negotiations has spooked investors and may continue to do so after this election. This could weigh on sterling and the broader FTSE 350 index.feedback

Leanne Wood

Theresa May called this election because she is taking you for granted. She won't turn up to these debates because her campaign of soundbites is falling apart. I think debates where the politicians are squabbling amongst themselves doesn't do anything for the process of electioneering.feedback

Angela Rayner

Saying that you are going to be a bloody difficult woman right at the start of negotiations tends to make sure that you do get a bad deal, rather than actually working with our partners across Europe to get the best deal for Britain. At the moment, unfortunately, Theresa May - in the way that she has handled it - has made us look like ogres across Europe. If you see the pictures now, Theresa May is at the back of the queue whenever she is talking to the leaders in Europe – we are a laughing stock.feedback

James Norton

It wouldn't surprise me if there's already been some emails stolen … it would surprise me if it didn't happen. Campaigns are a treasure trove, especially newer campaigns where you're trying to understand the dynamics … I would think they would be targets, if they're not already, in terms of trying to understand what their politics would be. Even Theresa May is largely an unknown. It goes back to the investments. Do you even know that folks are on your network? A lot of times people don't know till months after the fact.feedback

David Dimbleby

I don't think anyone could say that Corbyn has had a fair deal at the hands of the press, in a way that the Labour party did when it was more to the centre, but then we generally have a rightwing press. It's a very odd election. If the Conservative story is how Theresa May is the 'brand leader', the interesting thing is that a lot of Labour supporters really like and believe in the messages that Jeremy Corbyn is bringing across. It's not his MPs in the House of Commons necessarily, but there is a lot of support in the country.feedback

Paul Nuttall

Well, look, sometimes in politics the tide comes in, the tide goes out. And this is very opportune for Theresa May at the moment because she's able to talk the talk and sound tough on the issue of Brexit because she hasn't gone into those negotiations.feedback

Tom Watson

The more they avoid exposing the deficiencies of Theresa May to public scrutiny, the more people are beginning to realise that she's not up to the job. You've only got to look at her handling of the dementia tax issue to know what a poor negotiator she is. The only way we achieve peace is by bringing people together and talking to them. That was the whole point of that conference; that's been, frankly, the whole point of my life.feedback

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

John Curtice

Theresa May is certainly the overwhelming favourite to win but crucially we are in the territory now where how well she is going to win is uncertain. She (Munich: SOQ.MU - news) is no longer guaranteed to get the landslide majority that she was originally setting out to get.feedback

George Osborne

If the Conservative government can answer those questions, all well and good. If they can't, the Evening Standard is going to go on asking the question. Both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are offering, in very different ways, a retreat from international liberalism and globalisation. I'm really enjoying covering the campaign as an editor. It's a very different perspective and it's good fun.feedback

Priti Patel

In two weeks' time there is a choice. Either Jeremy Corbyn negotiating Brexit just 11 days after the election, or Theresa May. Brexit is central to everything – a vote for anyone other than Theresa May puts Corbyn in Downing Street and everything at risk.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Rawnsley

Shameless opportunism, brazen larceny and other reasons Theresa May’s Conservatives will win. Just in time for the election, a searing critique of the past 40 years of Conservative philosophy and practice has been published and it is freely available to all voters. I recommend reading this repudiation of all that so many Tories have held dear for decades. The salient passage is to be found on page nine of the blue volume entitled Forward, Together: The Conservative and Unionist Party Manifesto 2017.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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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