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Charles de Marcilly
Under these conditions, the only modus operandi you can have when you arrive in Brussels is the firmness at the beginning of the negotiations. And that's the reason why between the fifth round of negotiations, those last week, and the first, one has a feeling of finally freezing, quite little progress and that's where Theresa May will try to show her diplomatic talent this week with heads of state and government, to show that there is progress, to show that it may be a little successful in tweaking their arms.feedback
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Oct 18 2017
In this page you'll find all points of view published about Conservative and Unionist Party. You'll find 492 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: “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.”.
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Arlene Foster

But of course she very clearly understands that that would be a disaster for Northern Ireland and would be a red line for us in the Democratic Unionist Party.feedback

Martin Kettle

Anyone who cares about Britain’s relationship with the EU should back her against the right of her party. Theresa May doesn’t do spontaneous. Most of the time, to the delight and profit of the parliamentary sketchwriters’ guild, she is scripted and self-disciplined to a fault. She repeats her lines until the repetition is a form of torture. So how do we explain it if, just once, she strays momentarily off piste?feedback

Hugo Dixon

The EU needs us more than we need it, we were told. Germany will be desperate for a deal. Our Brexit ‘progress’ is painful to watch. If Theresa May is to break the deadlock in the Brexit talks, she’ll have to double or treble the money she’s already effectively promised the EU.feedback

Michel Barnier

The risk of no deal, it will be a very bad deal. We will face any and all eventualities. My duty is to follow the mandate and as a negotiator I have to find a way forward. Let me be frank. All these subjects are linked for the member states. We are in deadlock at the moment. But with the necessary will and commitments entered into by Theresa May from Florence we can exit this deadlock.feedback

Berta Picamal

It is in our interests to put in a regime as soon as possible that is as close as possible to the one we have. We are now analysing nuclear cooperation agreements that we have with third countries to see to which extent we can replicate what we have with the US or Japan with the UK. We do not foresee this not being solved, it's not an option. Theresa May said she would cooperate on continued research and development projects. It's key.feedback

Angus Robertson

All of us, whether we were returned and those of us who were not, are committed to delivering Scottish independence as soon as we can because we have to save Scotland from this damaging hard Brexit approach of Theresa May and her dysfunctional government. However understandable it is to have an ambition that we should not change a winning approach, we cannot simply rerun past campaigns and expect the same outcomes. Because ... there are 1,300 and some days until the next Scottish Parliamentary election and there will also be a referendum on Scottish independence.feedback

Grant Shapps

I can't imagine there's a single colleague who hasn't had that conversation at some point. A list of concerned colleagues from varying perspectives on issues including Europe (both remain and Brexit) and how long Theresa May might serve therefore, unsurprisingly, exists. Views range from those who believe that she should serve until the end of the Brexit process in 2019, right down to those who believe the party and country would be better served by a more immediate leadership election. A position with which, I appreciate, you do not agree.feedback

Ross Murdoch

The government needs to go beyond fluffy words about everyone uniting and telephone calls from Theresa May to Donald Trump. On the basis the US president has refused to intervene, perhaps the relationship is not so special after all. The priority here must be about giving reassurances and certainty to Bombardier workers now.feedback

Steve Richards

Talk of a reshuffle is toxic. This prime minister’s fate is sealed, and sacking Boris Johnson could hasten the end. Forget about a lost voice and a backdrop to a stage falling apart. Last week’s Conservative conference is ancient history. It is Europe that torments Theresa May and will bring her down, as it was Europe that triggered her rise to the top. With the Conservative party, it is always Europe. During her statement to the Commons on Monday afternoon her demeanour was impressively calm and stable, but the evasive and contorted content pointed to impossible storms ahead.feedback

Jonathan Bartley

It hurt. And I know many of us still feel that hurt. I do. But conference let's not forget what we achieved together. Our ideas and policies are now common currency. Part of the mainstream. We achieved the party's second best general election result. And we helped deny Theresa May her majority and her mandate. Many commentators suggest that if we hadn't stood aside, if local parties hadn't made those decisions, we wouldn't have the hung parliament now, we wouldn't have seen the change of agenda that we're seeing from the government. A profound impact – I think it was worth it.feedback

Matthew d'Ancona

The best the prime minister can do now is smooth the path to national power for Ruth Davidson – for a strong union and a sane Brexit. We have been here before, and so has Theresa May. I recall visiting her at the 2003 Conservative conference in her makeshift office at the Blackpool Winter Gardens. As Tory chair, she was obliged to insist that Iain Duncan Smith, the embattled party leader, was safe from the mischievous plotters, and would march on regardless. But her wan features told a different story.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

We will consider the (independence referendum) timing again when we have more clarity on what we face. People watch the chaos that is engulfing the UK right now and people look ahead and see the damage that is likely to be done by this unfolding disaster that is not just Brexit but this incompetent and chaotic approach to Brexit being presided over by (Conservative Prime Minister) Theresa May. I think the case for Scotland's future in Scotland's hands (...) is becoming greater and stronger by the day.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

The problem for Theresa May is she is a very weak prime minister presiding over a deeply divided party. It's a massive problem for the country at the moment, and for the livelihood and living standards of everyone in the country.feedback

Andrew Rawnsley

Terrible as things are for the Tories, the cabinet is too paralysed by fear to move against the prime minister. Theresa May is a very lucky politician. Yes, really. Her career has been kissed with outrageous fortune. She was promoted to home secretary in the coalition government because Nick Clegg turned down the job and George Osborne – here’s a lovely irony – told David Cameron that it would serve them to have a dispensable woman. She lucked into being prime minister because she was the only candidate left standing when all her rivals ate each other in an orgy of Tory cannibalism. Then she wiped out her majority with a snap election that she didn’t have to call, but her colleagues hesitated to punish that debacle in the traditional way because they feared that bad could be followed by worse.feedback

Stephen Isaacs

You've got the council of EU ministers meeting on the 19th and 20th of October and they are going to come out and say end the talks now. That will be the final crisis for Theresa May. She's got no plan. She'll be gone by Christmas.feedback

Boris Johnson

He [Jeremy Corbyn] didn't win. You won – we won. Theresa May won. She won more votes than any party leader and took this party to its highest share of the vote in any election in the last 25 years, and the whole country owes her a debt for her steadfastness in taking Britain forward as she will to a great Brexit deal.feedback

Boris Johnson

You won – we won. Theresa May won. The whole country owes her a debt for her steadfastness in taking Britain forward, as she will, to a great Brexit deal, based on that Florence speech on whose every syllable, I can tell you, the whole cabinet is united.feedback

Ian Birrell

Handing Johnson the poisoned chalice would be a despairing act, but at least he would no longer be able to hide from his actions. It was a dismal end to a strange, sombre conference. Last year Theresa May said she wanted a new approach to politics; this year she certainly delivered it, with the most painful finale seen in recent times. But she was already a busted flush who should have gone after her election debacle.feedback

Simon Jenkins

I suspect the prime minister will emerge curiously strengthened by her speech. She may be unpopular, but survive she will. For the time being. Gone by the autumn: that was the conventional wisdom when Theresa May failed to win her election majority last summer. She was a dead woman walking. She would not even make it to her party conference, let alone survive it.feedback

Manfred Weber

Who shall I call in London? Theresa May, Boris Johnson, or even David Davis?feedback

Nick Denys

The workplace is changing radically and rapidly. The Tory party must tackle bad employers and give workers genuine rights – or risk extinction. Consider how stressful it must be to be one of the 40,000 drivers who, due to TfL’s decision to stop Uber operating in London, do not know if their jobs are secure. They have spent time and money getting the necessary licences. Many have borrowed to buy that high-spec car to help them get better ratings. Theresa May was right to stand up to Sadiq Khan, the Labour mayor of London, for putting so many livelihoods at risk “at the stroke of a pen”. Now consider how stressful it must be not knowing week after week if you will get the hours you need to feed your family, whether you will be punished by your manager for staying in bed when you feel unwell, or if robotics will extinguish your career. Where has May been as millions of workers struggle to achieve basic financial security?feedback

Manfred Weber

The question for the moment is who shall I call in London [on Brexit]? Who speaks for the British government – Theresa May, Boris Johnson, or even David Davis? By reading Johnson's attacks against his own prime minister he shows the British government is trapped by their own party quarrels and political contradictions … Please sack Johnson because we will have clear answers as to who is responsible for the British position.feedback

Polly Toynbee

The cabinet is at loggerheads, the membership spooked by Corbyn. At this Conservative conference the ‘natural party of government’ is an utter shambles. The civil war in the Tory party rages, yet these are still only opening skirmishes. Far worse is to come. Theresa May does all any leader of a benighted, broken party can do: procrastinate, drag her famous heels, duck and dive – until that unavoidable moment when the shape of Brexit finally emerges.feedback

Matthew d'Ancona

Theresa May has lost control, but she’s correctly identified the fundamental challenge faced by the Conservatives. Theresa May is right. “As Conservatives,” she told the BBC’s Andrew Marr on Sunday, “the arguments that we thought we’d had and won during the 1980s about the importance of free market economies – I think we thought there was a general consensus on that. And we now see that there wasn’t.”.feedback

Angela Rayner

The fact Theresa May thinks she can win over young people by pledging to freeze tuition fees only weeks after increasing them to £9,250 shows just how out of touch she is. Another commission to look at tuition fees is a desperate attempt by the Tories to kick the issue into the long grass because they have no plans for young people and no ideas for our country. They are yesterday's party. The next Labour government will scrap tuition fees entirely and introduce a National Education Service for lifelong learning for the many, not the few.feedback

Zoe Williams

It’s laughable that such an unrepresentative group could choose the next prime minister, but defanging them will not solve the government’s problems. All senior politicians arrive at their annual party conferences with their own tactics and theatrics to meet the same conundrum: how to persuade the members that, however you seem on the national or international stage, deep down, you’re one of them. Theresa May famously tended to her grassroots in 2011 with a story about an immigrant’s cat she had borrowed off Ukip (the story, not the cat). Tony Blair used to arrive before his faithful like a bigamist with a bunch of garage flowers: “Sure, I’ve set up home elsewhere, but be realistic; you’re not going to divorce me. We’ve so much shared history, and, besides, who else would have you?” The game is to keep the rank-and-file sweet enough that they will put the stability of the parliamentary party above themselves; disturb that natural order – put any decisions back into members’ hands – and they will destroy your party, being extremists by definition. The paradox of old politics was that joining a party put you not at its epicentre but at its fringe.feedback

Eddie McFall

In Belfast, we are in a bad position. We have no local representation in Stormont. The DUP [Democratic Unionist party] are too busy propping up a failing government, which has still to get to grips with what Brexit really means. Then there's Trump being Trump.feedback

Rehana Azam

Publishing these letters on the eve of Conservative party conference are intended to give Theresa May a soundbite to appease her own mutinous backbenchers. Pushing forward with slightly less harsh cuts for a small minority of public sector workers will do nothing to win back the trust and goodwill that has been lost.feedback

DeAnne Julius

The negotiations could fall apart at any time because some of the (preconditions) are win-lose, not win-win, and that's not how you start a successful negotiation, you don't start with the win-lose issues. I think the structure of these negotiations is actually stack against a successful outcome, because on the one hand (U.K. Prime Minister) Theresa May has to keep her party intact, on the other hand, Barnier has no mandate to go beyond what's already been agreed with the 27 countries.feedback

Craig Erlam

It's a big blow for Bombardier, it's a big blow for Canada, it's a big blow for Northern Ireland and therefore Theresa May. It's debatable again as to whether this is going to eventually get agreed upon of course. It's still got to go through one more stage. It's a huge tariff so they're going to need substantial evidence that suggests that these planes were sold for significantly subsidised prices.feedback

Ian Lavery

There is different views and you've always had a left wing and a right wing and I cannot say it's different at this moment in times. If MPs weren't bought into the Jeremy Corbyn project, they have got to be buoyed by this conference – the difference, the change, the atmosphere, the way people feel part of the party. And it's just the beginning, and we are going to hopefully grab them keys off Theresa May so that Jeremy is prime minister.feedback

Tarik Abou-Chadi

The last year really did mark a collapse of the social democrats across Europe, as the immigration debate gained momentum. Many European social democratic parties are quite divided on the issue of immigration, which is why they are refraining from discussing it. It also probably has to do with the fact that Theresa May is so deeply unpopular among many in Britain. Of course, Germany's Merkel is in a far different position.feedback

Jonathan Ashworth

Last winter, Theresa May stuck her head in the sand and refused to give the NHS the money it needed to keep services running properly. This decision pushed NHS staff beyond their limits and caused misery for patients in every part of the country. It can't be allowed to happen again.feedback

Simon Jenkins

Florence is the prime minister’s chance to build bridges with EU negotiators and quell the revolt from within her party. But will she take it?At last Theresa May will make the speech she should have made a year ago. Her Florence proposals are clearly intended to decontaminate the polluted air round the Brexit talks. She hopes for concord with EU negotiators on a compromise first step towards British departure, on a reasonable timetable. There has to be a deal on this. There has to be a move back from the “cliff-edge” option. But can she deliver?feedback

Polly Toynbee

The prime minister should do the right thing by us and Europe. But don’t hold your breath. Sitting at her desk, Theresa May is drafting her Florence speech for Friday. The time has come, she finally decides, to put country before party; to abandon the vain attempt to bind together her party’s utterly incompatible factions. What’s the point? There’s no possible EU deal that would induce John Redwood and Liam Fox to agree with Anna Soubry and Ken Clarke, no fence left to sit on. She must become the prime minister no one thinks she is.feedback

Owen Jones

Thatcherites said they would set us free. Then they created a society less able to pay its way, more dependent on ever-rising credit. Britain’s current economic system is not scarred by insecurity. It is based on insecurity. The insecurity that defines the lives of millions of people does not represent a flaw in the system. It is the system.feedback

Peter Hain

We need real solutions from the government to ensure this nightmare scenario does not happen. Theresa May urgently needs to provide answers soon.feedback

Rafael Behr

Faced with the serious work and compromise that exiting the EU requires, many leavers are opting for fantasy, bombast and obstruction instead. Everything in politics is harder than it looks. Theresa May is not the first person to reach high office, only to discover that the skills used for getting a job are insufficient for doing it well. Boris Johnson – unlike his boss in most ways – is in a similar bind. He is a more gifted performer than the prime minister, but loquacity isn’t competence.feedback

Carwyn Jones

The governments of these islands have a lot of work to do to ensure that the UK leaves the EU with as little disruption as possible. This will only be achieved by working together. Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon and I all have very different political positions, but an issue as important as Brexit requires us to put our political differences aside and work together to provide stability for the sake of our economy, jobs and public services. One Government cannot simply hijack powers from the other two.feedback

Kallum Pickering - Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

It will be interesting to see whether Jeremy Corbyn goes even further left versus his manifesto in the election and whether Theresa May does the same.feedback

Amber Rudd

I think she has a point, yes. I think it's absolutely fine. I would expect nothing less from Boris. She's driving the car, to continue the allegory, and I'm going to make sure that as far as I'm concerned the rest of the Cabinet we help her do that. This is a difficult moment. You could call it backseat driving, absolutely. I'm very clear that the Cabinet and government supports Theresa May. It's a difficult moment to make sure we get the best result for the United Kingdom, but I'm sure we can.feedback

Zoe Williams

The public sector was fragmented. But pay freezes and cuts to services have finally brought it together. When the prime minister raises the terror threat level to critical, as Theresa May did for 48 hours after Friday’s London tube bombing, you think you know what that means. And in some ways, you do. It means another attack is considered “imminent”; it means that, when an attack comes, police response times are futuristically fast – it was eight minutes from the first call to the emergency services during the London Bridge attack to all three terrorists having been fatally shot by police. Yet the inner workings of the critical threat level are less obvious, because one assumes it means extra police officers. In fact, it means existing police officers working longer hours and having their days off cancelled. This is a hot-button issue on Twitter, as the Metropolitan police federation points this out, and people with Twitter handles such as Gooner123 tell them to count themselves lucky they never served a tour in Afghanistan. Yet the public services can no longer be pitted against each other, as a way to neutralise or suffocate their complaints against the government.feedback

Amber Rudd

You could call it backseat driving. I don't want him managing the Brexit process. What we've got is Theresa May managing that process, she's driving the car.feedback

Frank Foley

Theresa May... should be careful about cracking down on nonviolent extremists. It's a strategy the French have tried with little success, as it has alienated communities and led to a situation in which community members are often unwilling to share crucial information with authorities.feedback

Gaby Hinsliff

If the former chancellor is to report honestly on Britain’s difficulties, he can’t downplay his own complicity. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Or so, at least, said someone who had clearly never met George Osborne. Such is the man’s capacity to hold a grudge that he apparently will not rest until Theresa May is “chopped up in bags in my freezer”, according to a juicy new profile in Esquire magazine. On election night, when the scale of the disaster she had presided over became clear, the new editor of the Evening Standard reportedly texted “hahahahahahhaha” to a friend even as his former colleagues were losing their jobs.feedback

James Dyson

I think the fact that science subjects are seen as a difficult option might well deter them – they're harder work. Even Theresa May is attacking industrialists. It's all bad news. The last thing I wanted to do was go and work in a factory – because I was told that is what would happen if you didn't work hard at at school, you ended up in a factory. But it's just not like that. If you look around here today, this is very different. We're developing new products and new technology, solving problems. It's exciting.feedback

Chris Leslie

(The bill) will give the executive unparalleled powers to change laws that affect the lives and rights of the British people by the stroke of a ministerial pen. For Theresa May and David Davis to ask us to just trust them isn't good enough. I urge MPs from all parties to vote down this shambles of a bill.feedback

Simon Jenkins

Appearances, not reality, have dominated policy in this country. Social neglect caused the Brexit vote – when will Theresa May address that?In politics, optics trump metrics. Tuesday’s leak of a Home Office draft on post-EU migration policy indicates the hardest face of Brexit. Its language is Home Office repressive. It reads like a prison governor’s report, less concerned with the inmates than with the height of the perimeter fence. What with the border computer fiasco, the detention violence scandal, and the erratic “go home” letters to foreigners, if the Home Office were a local council it would be in special measures. Whatever spin may be applied to the leak, the idea that Theresa May seeks an emollient and “frictionless” approach to Brexit is laughable.feedback

Bob Neill

The long term is the difficult one for Theresa May because I don't think she's got a long term.feedback

Frank Field

It's rather good that [Theresa May] is waiting for all the reports to come in before she makes a recommendation to the honours forfeiture committee. The case against Sir Philip will continue in the new parliament.feedback

Martin Kettle

The prime minister is sustained by the knowledge within her party that the alternatives are worse. As a rule, a politician who announces “I’m not a quitter” is not in a strong place. When Theresa May said those words in Japan this week, for instance, the mind quickly turned to Richard Nixon. “I have never been a quitter,” Nixon told the American people in a televised address. The address in question was the one in which he announced his resignation as president in 1974.feedback

Michael Heseltine

My own guess is they won't ... The long term is the difficult one for Theresa May because I don't think she's got a long term.feedback

William Hague

In fact the ones who manoeuvre probably will not become the leader and they should get behind Theresa May and help her to do a good job in these exceptionally difficult circumstances of having to deliver Brexit and keep the economy going at the same time without a majority in the House of Commons.feedback

Polly Toynbee

Theresa May is trying to reassert herself by cosying up to MPs and claiming again that she cares for the workers. But she, and her strategy, are doomed. The date, it seems, is set. Theresa May will depart on 30 August 2019, or so it is confidently reported. After a smooth Brexit, she can leave Downing Street with elegant aplomb at that time of her own choosing. Really? Magical thinking indeed.feedback

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

Matt Wrack - Fire Brigades Union

Central government has created the housing and fire safety regime and central government must be held to account for any failings in it. Yet the terms of reference signed off by Theresa May appear designed to avoid this.feedback

Ted Malloch

I was at a lunch with Jacob very recently and he indicated he would like to be considered for the leadership when the time comes. He did not mean now, but at some point in the future. I'm a backbench MP. I'm supporting Theresa May. My ambition is to be re-elected in North East Somerset. It would be unrealistic of me to have further ambitions.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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.feedback

James Chapman

Two people in the cabinet, a number of people who have been in Conservative cabinets before now – better cabinets, I might say, than the current one – and a number of shadow cabinets ministers have also been in touch. The hard Brexit plan that Theresa May is pursuing is going to take our economy off a cliff, is going to make Black Wednesday look like a picnic, and when that happens the Conservative party will never be in power again.feedback

Rosie Nixon

I think they could be our Brexit secret weapon. Their [the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's] trip to Poland and Germany probably did more for us than Theresa May will ever be able to do. They really have changed that image of our monarchy.feedback

Sharon Evans

I've been inside an inquiry and I've seen the way it can operate. We ended up not having a voice on how the inquiry was set up and run – what should have been about protecting evidence was instead used to control us. For me, what's really shocking is that I went into all this thinking I really had something to offer. At the beginning it was OK, because they didn't really know what they wanted. But then the political agenda started to become obvious. That was when I was told Theresa May was going to be prime minister and I needed to behave myself – it had to look like things were going well.feedback

Lynton Crosby

On polling day, over 70% of voters thought the Conservatives were going to win. So they thought we'll reward [Corbyn] for being prepared to talk about interesting things and shake the system up, but we'll still have the comfort of having Theresa May as prime minister at the end of the day.feedback

Jonathan Ashworth

This research exemplifies just how hard it is becoming to see a GP in Tory Britain, with patients' overall experience of their GP services getting drastically worse. Overworked and underfunded GPs are struggling to cope with rising needs from patients. Across the country GPs and practice staff are working to keep the service running in the face of astonishing neglect from Theresa May and her ministers. Patients deserve to be able to get the right care at the right time for them and 17 million people are already able to make a routine appointment with a GP at evenings and weekends.feedback

Heidi Alexander

It beggars belief that the government have taken a year to get round to asking for expert evidence on the role played by EU nationals in our country. Our immigration policy has been governed by anecdote and scaremongering, rather than evidence, since the moment Theresa May set foot in the Home Office in 2010. The timing of this announcement shows the total lack of preparation and understanding that has typified this government's attitude to Brexit so far.feedback

Boris Johnson

What the British people want to see is a government that gets on with the job and they've got that with Theresa [May] and we are going to deliver a great Brexit deal. A deal that works for our European friends, for the U.K., but also works for New Zealand.feedback

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

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

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

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