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Theresa May
I am setting out our plans, if elected, to ensure the pensions of ordinary working people are protected against the actions of unscrupulous company bosses. Safeguarding pensions to ensure dignity in retirement is about security for families, and it's another example of the choice in this election. Strong and stable leadership delivering for Britain, or a coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn, which can't get the right deal for Brexit, and risks our growing economy with higher taxes, fewer jobs, more waste and more debt.feedback
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NEW Apr 30 2017
Labour Party has been commented on by 94 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about Labour Party are: Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May and Ken Livingstone. For instance, the most recent quote from Jeremy Corbyn is: “I've just laid down the gauntlet and asked you to step up. Each and every one of us must step up for this country, including me. And now for a sentence I've yet to utter in my political life. Enough about you, what about me? At the time, young protesters were being shot dead on the streets by the racist apartheid regime in South Africa – Nelson Mandela and hundreds of ANC leaders were in prison. The Conservative government refused to impose sanctions, entertained the leaders of the regime and banned protests outside the South African embassy in London.”.
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John McDonnell

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

Peter Hyman

Nothing is more damning than the fact that, 20 years later, Jeremy Corbyn is leading the party and Labour is about to be annihilated.feedback

Alastair Campbell

We have to take some responsibility for the state Labour is in today. We can't say Corbyn happened in a vacuum. We didn't cement the legacy.feedback

David Gauke - Treasury

This report exposes how Jeremy Corbyn's sums don't add up and would leave a £10 billion black hole which we will all pay for. Leaving Jeremy Corbyn in charge of our economy is a risk families can't afford - his coalition of chaos would result in higher taxes, more debt, and more waste. The only way to secure our growing economy is with the strong and stable leadership of the Theresa May and the Conservatives.feedback

Philip Hammond

Employment is at record highs and it is set to go higher still. The British economy is resilient and the choice facing the British people on June 8th is between five more years of strong stable government under Theresa May, that will lock that economic progress in and get the best possible Brexit deal for Britain, or a coalition of chaos under Jeremy Corbyn that will crash our economy again.feedback

David Gauke - Treasury

Jeremy Corbyn's weak and floundering Labour Party have again shown what a risk they pose to our economy by blocking new measures to tackle tax avoidance and clamp-down on nom-dons using tax loopholes. Corbyn and his team claim to support our crackdown on tax dodging but are so chaotic that they stopped it from happening. It's shows they are either incompetent or hypocrites. Voters have a clear choice between the strong and stable leadership of Theresa May to lock in the economic progress we have made together, or fewer jobs and more debt under Jeremy Corbyn and his coalition of chaos.feedback

Rik Kendell

I found this deeply disappointing. I had no plans to vote for Mrs May but I'm well aware of the positive effect that seeing a speech in person from such a powerful, motivated public figure can have. There were no locals in the building other than some staff and an invited congregation of well-dressed Tories. Harehills as a community was not represented or addressed.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Over 2.4 million young people are missing from the UK's electoral register. Barely 40% of 18- to 24-year olds turn out to vote. The Conservatives are more than happy with this state of affairs. Apathy and resignation will secure them seats on election day.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

Theresa May is going to extraordinary lengths to blinker the British public and make this election about anything other than her record in government. The people of Leeds won't be fooled: the only party of working people is the Labour Party. Under the Tories, working people have picked up the bill while those at the top have received tens of billions of pounds of tax breaks. Wages have stagnated, public services have suffered huge cuts and our NHS is in crisis.feedback

John Woodcock

Jeremy's opposition to the Trident renewal programme is lifelong and is well known but, more than that, I cannot countenance endorsing him for a role which I think even he, although he may say different in front of the cameras, does not think he is fit to carry out.feedback

John Woodcock

I will not countenance ever voting to make Jeremy Corbyn Britain's prime minister. I realise Jeremy has been elected and then re-elected as the leader of my party, but my first duty is to you, my constituents.feedback

Tony Blair

What I'm advocating may mean that. It may mean voting Labour. It may mean, by the way, that they vote Tory, for candidates who are prepared to give this commitment.feedback

Theresa May

I think the real issue is blank cheque. It's what mandate does she claim, on Brexit and on the health service and all the other things. I think the most powerful argument for Labour in this election because of the way the polls are, and the way the opinion polls are and the leadership issue, the most powerful argument for Labour is to say it's important for our democracy that the government is held to account and needs a strong opposition.feedback

Ben Bradshaw

When you vote on June 8 you are electing the person you want to be your local MP for the next five years. You are not electing a party leader or a government. Exeter is not a seat the Conservatives need to win to stay in power or even to have a significantly increased majority. So supporting me in Exeter will not affect who governs nationally.feedback

Caroline Lucas

The Green party is being realistic about what’s needed to form a progressive government. Elsewhere local parties are stepping up, but leaders need to act. Last night something remarkable happened in Brighton. Local party members from the Liberal Democrats stood aside in Brighton Pavilion, and the Greens stood down in Brighton Kemptown. People who have spent years campaigning in these places took the decision to put aside party allegiances and work together so we have the best possible chance of delivering a fairer voting system and beating the Tories on 8 June. These choices were not easy, indeed they are acts of political bravery.feedback

Boris Johnson

Where is Corbyn on any of these issues? Corbyn's approach would be a recipe for paralysis and uncertainty – and for Britain to get totally stiffed in the negotiations. There can be no more important task for a government than to keep people safe, and we must be prepared to do everything necessary to do so.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Britain faces a housing crisis, with runaway rents and unaffordable housing. The system is rigged, with housing treated as an investment for the few, not homes for the many.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Every vote for him is a vote for a chaotic Brexit. Every vote for him is a vote for a coalition of chaos – a weak leader propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the Scottish Nationalists.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Strong leadership is about standing up for the many, not the few. But when it comes to the Prime Minister and the Conservatives, they only look after the richest, not the rest. Far from building a strong economy, schools and our NHS are being cut, people can't afford homes and millions can't make ends meet. That doesn't add up to a stronger economy for anyone.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

By refusing to debate, Theresa May expects to get the job without an interview. No one else gets a job without one, so why should she?feedback

Theresa May

Keeping our country safe is the first duty of a Prime Minister. He is simply not up to the job.feedback

Theresa May

An election in which every single vote will count. A really important election for the future of this country. A vote for any other party would be a vote for a weak and failing Jeremy Corbyn propped up by a coalition of chaos which would risk our national future. Make no mistake, it could happen. Remember the opinion polls were wrong in the 2015 general election, they were wrong in the referendum last year. Jeremy Corbyn himself has said he was a 200-1 outsider for the Labour leadership in 2015 and look where that one went. So we must not be complacent and I'm not complacent.feedback

Keir Starmer

I am not prepared now for the Labour Party not to accept the result. The Labour party cannot spend all its time trying to rub out yesterday and not accept the result. We accept it, we respect it. We recognise that immigration rules will have to change as we exit the EU, but we do not believe that immigration should be the overarching priority. We do not believe that leaving the EU means severing our ties with Europe. We do not believe that Brexit means weakening workers' rights and environmental protections or slashing corporate tax rates.feedback

Roy Hattersley

The idea that Jeremy Corbyn speaks for the people is absolutely nonsense.feedback

Theresa May

Remember the opinion polls were wrong in the 2015 general election, they were wrong in the referendum, and Jeremy Corbyn himself has said that he was a 200-1 outsider for the Labour leadership in 2015 and look where that got him. We have been working on a long-term solution, we need to stop ducking the issue.feedback

Robert Griffiths

The maximum possible Labour vote is necessary not only to secure the election of a Labour government. The higher the Labour vote and the number of Labour MPs elected, the more secure will be the position of Jeremy Corbyn and his left allies in the Parliamentary Labour Party.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

This is a general election, it is not a referendum, and only Labour can form a Government and offer an alternative that will transform the lives of Scots.feedback

Martin Boon

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

Michael Fallon

Mr Corbyn wants to be prime minister of this country in six weeks time yesterday we had the staggering performance of someone who wants to be prime minister who wouldn't necessarily authorize strikes again terrorists, he is against the nuclear deterrent, would stop building the submarines, we have already started building he wouldn't control our borders and earlier he has even questioned our Nato deployment. You can t rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.feedback

Andrew Gwynne

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

Nicola Sturgeon

And whatever else happens in this election we should not allow the Tory party to escape the accountability for any misdemeanours that may have led to them buying the last general election. The SNP opposes Trident, not just in principle, but at a time when our public services and the vulnerable in our society are under so much pressure, spending tens of billions of pounds on weapons of mass destruction is the wrong choice. Labour should have the guts to simply say that. It's what we're told Jeremy Corbyn believes so he should have the courage of his convictions and say it.feedback

Michael Fallon

You saw Jeremy Corbyn questioning strikes against terrorists, refusing to back the nuclear deterrent, he's been querying our Nato deployment and he seems to have fallen out with his own party over the nuclear deterrent. That's chaos - but it's very dangerous chaos that would put the security of our country at risk. Jeremy Corbyn is somebody who could be Prime Minister in six weeks' time. In the most extreme circumstances we have made it very clear that you can't rule out the use of nuclear weapons as a first strike.feedback

Michael Fallon

Jeremy Corbyn made it absolutely clear that he is still against the deterrent, and he was then corrected by his own party. So we had chaos from Labour last night, which doubles the security risk to this country when you have somebody standing to be prime minister who his own party is then having to correct. And you are left completely unsure as to what would actually happen to our nuclear deterrent. This is somebody who would certainly put the security of our country at risk. And if you want stronger and stable leadership then it has to be Theresa May and the Conservatives.feedback

Amanda Milling

Let this sink in: Jeremy Corbyn has been endorsed today by a party who want to close down businesses, leave the protection of Nato and hike up taxes to a level never seen before in this country. At this election every vote is going to count. Unless people get out there and vote for Theresa May and their local Conservative candidate, this man will be our Prime Minister in a little over 6 weeks – propped up by the Lib Dems and SNP in a coalition of chaos.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Andrew Gwynne

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

Jeremy Corbyn

I want us to say 'Listen, let's get people around the table quickly' and a way of achieving that - suspending the strikes, possibly.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I think the leader of Isis not being around would be helpful and I'm no supporter or defender in any whatsoever of Isis, I'm sure you would concede, but I would also argue that the bombing campaign has killed a large number of civilians, many of whom were virtually prisoners of Isis, you have got to think about these things. At the end of the day the only solution in Syria is going to be a political one. There is no other way of getting it. There has to be a reconvening quickly of the Geneva process.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I would say to President Trump, listen, it's in nobody's interest for this war to continue let';s get the Geneva process going quickly and in the meantime no more strikes, have the UN investigation into the war crime of the use of chemical weapons in Syria and take it on from there.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Does this help to get a political solution? I think the leader of Isis not being around would be helpful, but I would also argue that the bombing campaign has killed a large number of civilians, many of them virtual prisoners of Isis.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

All in good time, Andrew, We will be publishing our manifesto by the end of May.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Nuclear weapons are not the solution to the world's security issues. They are a disaster if ever used.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What is the objective? To have more strikes that would kill more possibly innocent people, or to get a political solution in Syria? Does this help to get a political solution? I think the leader of Isis not being around would be helpful, but I would also argue that the bombing campaign has killed a large number of civilians, many of them virtual prisoners of Isis.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The issue has to be that we want a secure and peaceful world. You achieve that by promoting peace and also promoting security. Security comes from that process.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

People being more relaxed and spending time with their families is also quite a good thing. The response I've had so far has been very positive, people need more time with their families. There's so much insecurity in work, a public holiday celebrating the diversity of our nation is probably a good thing – don't you think so?feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I have made clear there would be no first use of it. I've made clear any use of nuclear weapons would be a disaster for the whole world.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

I will tell him I want to see a process that brings about an end to the conflict. The only solution in Syria is going to be a political one. I would say to President Trump, it's in no one's interests for this war to continue.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We will have a strategic defence review immediately which would include all aspects of defence but also make sure our armed forces are properly funded and play their part in peacekeeping around the world.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I would insist on trade access and see what follows from there. Free movement ends when we leave the EU, it's an intrinsic part of membership. We then work out the system for people who come here for work and study, as well as British people allowed to go to work in Europe. The first point is an economy that works for all, that means tariff-free access to the European market. And then you work out an immigration policy that follows on from that. I would start from the point of view that I want to defend and maintain jobs in Britain.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

What I would tell them is: give me the information you've got, tell me how accurate that is, tell me what you think can be achieved by this. Can I take you back to the whole point? What is the objective here? Is the objective to start more strikes which may kill many innocent people, as has happened? Or is the objective to get a political solution in Syria? My whole point would be: does this help to get a political solution in Syria and approach it from that position.feedback

Tom Harwood

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

Patrick McLoughlin

I just think she has shown herself as the person most qualified and most suitable to the job. I think Philip is amazing. He will turn up at central office and do telephone canvassing just with anybody else. He's been a constituency chairman. He's done everything in the party and that is what I think a lot of people and party workers like. They know that both Theresa and Philip have worked all their way up through the party.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

There are decisions which prime ministers have to take and those people in authority have to take [which] are sometimes very uncomfortable. If they don't take them, we're at danger … I know that with Theresa May, she would take them. I'm not sure that Jeremy Corbyn would. I think that would be stating the blindingly obvious. With Theresa May's record as home secretary and the way she's conducted herself since she's been prime minister, I don't think anybody can be in doubt as to how serious she takes those responsibilities and is really on top of the detail.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

Ukip is not going to be a serious player in the next General Election. The person who is going to deliver Brexit if it's going to be delivered is Theresa May.feedback

Patrick McLoughlin

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

Johnny Heald

As the campaign starts, Jeremy Corbyn has a significant challenge ahead if he is to convince people that he in the right man to take care of the economy, handle immigration, deliver a Brexit deal that is good for the UK and manage our defence. Almost one in two adults report to be 'not at all confident' in his ability to deal with these issues.feedback

Giles Kenningham

Labour has traditionally owned the issue of the NHS - they were almost untouchable on it. For the Conservatives the best they could ever do was neutralise the issue and move the debate on to being the party of economic competence. With Corbyn struggling to carve out a distinctive message , the NHS looked like the one thing left in his locker he could default to. Now it begs the question: Where does Labour go from here? They've got a shopping list of policies but no overarching strategy and more importantly no clear vision to sell the country.feedback

Tim Farron

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

David Blunkett

This election is not about Jeremy Corbyn or those around him, and it is not about Brexit. The truth is that we are fighting to maintain a functioning democracy in which all the levers of power do not rest in the hands of those commanding wealth and privilege. We have an obligation to ensure that Labour candidates succeed, and to avoid the accusation after the election that somehow the modernisers and those disparaged as 'Blairites' were responsible for anything short of victory.feedback

Theresa May

Every vote that is cast for me and the Conservatives will strengthen my hand in the negotiations with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe. We've already seen the other parties lining up to prop up Corbyn, we've seen it from the Liberal Democrats, we've seen it from Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. Brexit isn't just a process, it's an opportunity … to make sure this really is a country that works for everyone and not just the privileged few. But to do that we do need the certainty that this election will bring over the next five years.feedback

Ellie Mae O'Hagan

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

Alex Salmond

Lynton Crosby’s influence in this campaign is already plain. And with Corbyn and Farron looking feeble, only the SNP can be relied on to resist. The UK as a political entity is notoriously difficult to change. Progress is often in inches not metres, and in small drips rather than flash floods. Thus the House of Lords is reformed but unelected, and the House of Commons is only elected by an unreformed system. The Scottish parliament and its sister assemblies in our neighbouring nations are the exceptions that prove the rule.feedback

Laurie Sage

Jeremy Corbyn is the main reason I'm not sure about the whole thing anymore. He looked so promising when he came in because he was a socialist and that's what we needed to go against the whole horrific Tory destruction of the welfare state and the NHS, which is just awful to watch, but then you watch him with Brexit and he wasn't really bothered. Now he just seems quite weak and I don't know what to make of him anymore. I think a lot of people feel that way too.feedback

Angus Robertson

This is an extraordinary plea for a Tory election pact from Labour's last remaining MP in Scotland, whose priority in this election is saving his own job at the expense of the whole country. Ian Murray is utterly apathetic to the prospect of keeping the Tories out of Downing Street, having made it clear that he doesn't see Jeremy Corbyn as a legitimate candidate for Prime Minister while appealing for people to elect more Tory MPs in an effort to keep the SNP out.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

This is pretty tired stuff from the Tories. We only have to take one look at the polls to know that Jeremy Corbyn ain't going anywhere near number 10 Downing Street–on his own or with the help of anybody else. We know that the Prime Minister wants to silence opposition, so the question for Scotland is this: if people want a strong opposition to the Tories, if they want MPs who will stand up and be a voice for Scotland, then the only party to support at this election is this one, the SNP.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The European Union negotiations are going on and we set out our (red) lines on the negotiation. Primarily, it's about getting and retaining tariff-free access to the European market. We haven't threatened to turn Britain into an offshore tax haven on the shores of Europe, undermining the European economy. Walking away and trading under World Trade Organisation conditions will mean the manufacturing industry in this country would be severely damaged. Those are the people who are monopolising the wealth that should be shared by each and every one of us in this country.feedback

Theresa May

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

Angus Robertson

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

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

It is these rules that have allowed a cosy cartel to rig the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations. It is a rigged system set up by the wealth extractors, for the wealth extractors. But things can, and they will, change. If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green, I'd be worried about a Labour government. If I were Mike Ashley or the CEO of a tax-avoiding multinational corporation, I'd want to see a Tory victory. Why? Because those are the people who are monopolising the wealth that should be shared by each and every one of us in this country.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Everyone, and I mean everyone, has a contribution to make and a life to lead. Poverty and homelessness are a disaster for the individual and a loss to all of us. It is wealth that should belong to the majority and not a tiny minority. Our policies will reach out. It's true, in Islington there are people who drink cappuccino every day.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

You very helpfully mentioned the opinion polls, and I'm really grateful to you for that. All I can say is, in 2015 almost exactly two years ago I was given 200-1 as an outside chance.feedback

Luke Hall

Even the man running Labour's election campaign knows that Jeremy Corbyn would lead a weak and unstable government, propped up by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP. They would weaken our economy by raising taxes, and weaken our defences by scrapping our nuclear deterrent.feedback

Luke Hall

Only a vote for the Conservative Party will ensure strong leadership, certainty and stability for our country.feedback

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

It's utterly remote to believe that Jeremy Corbyn could become prime minister, in coalition or without. I think it's just way beyond what's possible. I think our differences with him on substantive issues are so great that it is very difficult to see any form of coalition being formed.feedback

Theresa May

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

Jeremy Corbyn

If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green [chairman of Arcadia Group], I'd be worried about a Labour government. There will be no coalition deal with the SNP and a Labour government. The SNP may talk left at Westminster, but in government in Scotland it acts right.feedback

Tim Farron

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

Vince Cable - Stansted Airport

The prospect of the Labour Party holding the balance of power are getting into power are so remote we shouldn't be talking about that prospect. There is no prospect of us having an electoral deal with the Labour Party but we vote with individuals and with parties on issues. On Europe our party voted with Ken Clarke and obviously there are like-minded Labour MPs. As legislation goes through Parliament, the so-called Repeal Act, our colleagues will work with other parties.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

At this election, the choice again will be clear: a Tory Party intent on a hard and damaging Brexit; or a Labour Party that will oppose a second independence referendum and fight for a better future for everybody. We will work tirelessly to elect Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister and deliver a Labour government.feedback

Kezia Dugdale

The polls are undoubtedly very challenging but as Jeremy Corbyn has said in the past we're on an election footing and has been on an election footing. We relish the opportunity to take on and defeat this Tory government.feedback

John Curtice

Theresa May wins seats from the Labour Party. Why? Because Labour is at sixes and sevens, Jeremy Corbyn is not a very popular leader and the party is divided over Brexit. Whereas Mrs May seems to be at least reasonably popular. Some of the leadership research recently has found she's not loved but respected.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

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

Jeremy Corbyn

I welcome the Prime Minister's decision to give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first. Labour will be offering the country an effective alternative to a government that has failed to rebuild the economy, delivered failing living standards and damaging cuts to our schools and NHS [National Health Service]. In the last couple of weeks, Labour has set out policies that offer a clear and credible choice for the country. We look forward to showing how Labour will stand up for the people of Britain.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

It says in there must get policies across. Must tell Piers Morgan that our policies are the best in this country.feedback

Martin Sorrell

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

Susan Dobson

I don't like Jeremy Corbyn. It's just his manner. I don't think he's got any oomph about him.feedback

Tamar Newton

I normally go Green but I might go Labour this time because I think Jeremy Corbyn and indeed Labour need people's support. I like Jeremy Corbyn. I think he believes in what he says. He's impassioned. But I have to admit I don't think he's going to do brilliantly.feedback

Kerrie Hudson

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

Jeremy Corbyn

I think the issue will get out there more and more, people will begin to understand that we don't have to go through these levels of austerity in Britain, we don't have to have these levels of inequality in Britain. Why don't you ask me questions about policy, why are you only asking questions about polling and me? I can't give you a mistake this morning. There are too many.feedback

Theo Bertram

To beat Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn must stop being so feeble. Having worked with Blair, I know how Labour can muster some attacking competence. In the past few weeks there have been some welcome signs of basic competence creeping back into the Labour operation. Three meaty policy announcements (on free school meals for all, increasing the minimum wage, and tackling late payments for small businesses) were decently prepared and served. This is a significant improvement on Labour’s announcement in January of a maximum wage cap: a policy that Jeremy Corbyn, in the middle of an interview about something else, appeared to spit out like an unexpected piece of gristle that he then tried to hide beneath his napkin.feedback

Neil Coyle

Labour voters deserve better leadership. Labour voters see the damage the Tories have done to the NHS, feel the care crisis up and down the country, experience the housing crisis firsthand, see police crippled by cuts and the Tories now attacking school funding. They know the problems but don't see Corbyn as a solution sadly. Only he can address the problem but has chosen to bury his head in the sand, taking no responsibility for his terrible personal ratings.feedback

Helen Lewis

More free school meals and a £10 minimum wage are good policies. Now he has to convince the voters. When Boris Johnson turned up to announce his withdrawal from the Conservative leadership contest last summer, his aides scrambled to cover up the “exit” sign in the room. They knew the assembled press would have found the image irresistible – and it might well have come to define his career.feedback

Diane Abbott

One of their current arguments is that Labour's difficulties in the polls are all attributable to him and that if only we had a new leader, almost any leader, then this would resolve our problems. This is completely untrue. We can go further. Compared to all his critics, Jeremy Corbyn is worth about 18-20 percentage points to Labour's vote. Without him, and led by any one of his vocal critics, we could easily be languishing in single digits in polls.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

But what I do care about is an obsession by so many to ignore the reality of homelessness, of social care ... It simply doesn't have to be the case in modern Britain. So these elections give us an opportunity, and I hope all newspapers and radio and TV will at least get involved in the serious debate about health, social care, schools, housing – because at the end of the day if people grow up in poverty they tend to underachieve at school, and if they underachieve at school they tend to lead less fulfilling lives. If they lead less fulfilling lives, we all lose.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Too often our media do not deal with the issues people face day to day. There are more than a million people waiting for social care in this country and there are many people stuck in hospital who frankly shouldn't be in hospital but can't leave ... and so I'm not expecting or wanting an easy ride from the media, I don't care about that.feedback

Diane Abbott

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

Jeremy Corbyn

Any tax rises will fall on the broadest shoulders. No one likes paying tax. We don't wake up in the morning thinking 'ooh, I must really pay some more tax today'. But most of us know taxes are essential to a civilised society and a successful economy. As you know my [tax return] seems to attract more attention than most these days. But that's okay, transparency's important, and I want the HMRC to know, I gave them another donation. I'm sorry - this is a Federation of Small Businesses conference.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I hope that whatever comes out of the G7 today is an agreement they will engage rapidly with Russia, rapidly with all the neighbouring countries who clearly are not in the G7, and reconvene, as a matter of urgency, the Geneva process and have a meaningful ceasefire. Putin and Trump have got to get together. They are the superpowers of the world. Vladimir Putin can be forced into all sorts of directions if sufficient political and other pressure is put on him.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The prime minister frequently accuses me of wanting to bankrupt Britain by borrowing money to fund investment. But, as every business person knows, there is a world of difference between borrowing for capital spending and borrowing to fund the payroll and day to day trading or service delivery.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Look, I'm sorry, this is the Federation of Small Business conference. I'm very happy to do an interview with you afterwards once this is finished about Syria. My media team have made that very clear to you. Is that ok?feedback

Nigel Adams

Their leader has been in place for a year and a half and still hasn't managed to get round to it. This is just yet more evidence of Labour's incompetence: they crow about transparency but don't practice it themselves.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Some of the biggest names in business are holding cash piles that don't actually belong to them. It's a national scandal. And it's stopping businesses from growing and causing thousands to go bust every year. It kills jobs and holds back economic growth. In last month's budget, the chancellor bowed to pressure by delaying the implementation of quarterly reporting for small businesses by one year. That's not good enough. Labour is against small businesses having to report quarterly. It's a burden, a distraction, that will hold entrepreneurs back.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Going back to the cold-war mentality won't bring peace. This is absolutely what the danger is. If one side strikes and then another side retaliates, therein lies the road to something utterly disastrous. There is a very small window of opportunity now. The G7 needs to reach out, everybody needs to reach out urgently and quickly. If we don't, we're looking at something truly appalling, on top of the absolutely atrocious events that have happened over the past few years in Syria.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We know that where work pays, living standards rise and reliance on benefits falls. This is the right thing to do and a Labour government will be committed to re-balancing our economy so that no one and no community is left behind.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

It seems that he's encouraging further bombing – I don't believe that's going to bring a solution anywhere nearer.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Surely we have to get Russia and America around the table together to put pressure on respective parties to this war, because it's in danger of becoming a proxy war between them, in order to have a meaningful and effective ceasefire. If one side strikes and another side retaliates therein lies the road to something utterly disastrous. There is a very small window of opportunity now. The G7 needs to reach out, everybody needs to reach out urgently and quickly.feedback

Gerard Coyne - Unite

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

Gerard Coyne - Unite

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

Emily Thornberry

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

Sadiq Khan

You speak to Londoners of all backgrounds on a daily basis as I do, and no. My observation is that people do not feel Labour has improved on this at all. Now for me personally, as a politician, the good news selfishly is that I'm not tarred with the same brush, but it breaks my heart that my party doesn't feel like a home for Londoners of Jewish faith. It has to wake up to this issue. It's not for me to tell Jeremy Corbyn how to be a leader but I think what has to happen is that the NEC, the governing body of the party, needs to stand up to the plate.feedback

Sadiq Khan

I say this as a former lawyer. You can rationally understand if the panel finds him not guilty. But the panel finds him guilty, and then gives him a one-year suspended sentence. What does that say about how seriously we take racism? It beggars belief. But those who are in positions of power and influence within my party – Jeremy Corbyn, Baroness Shami Chakrabarti, Diane Abbott, John McDonnell – they have got close relationships with Ken Livingstone. It's for them to answer what they've done. They should have been saying we condemn unequivocally what he said. Not faff around.feedback

Len McCluskey - Unite

Coyne's campaign is run by a cabal of West Midlands MPs who are trying to abuse Unite's democracy by fighting a proxy war against Corbyn. Now that is regrettable and I believe it will be rejected by our members. This campaign, this election, is about Unite. It has nothing to do with Corbyn.feedback

Len McCluskey - Unite

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

Len McCluskey - Unite

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

Hilary Benn

Let's hope Syria will now think twice before deciding to gas its own people again. Priority must be humanitarian assistance for civilians.feedback

Angela Eagle

The limited, targeted action taken against Syrian air assets today was morally justifiable in response to a crime against humanity...and compliant with our Responsibility to Protect. Inaction has a cost in lives too.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

No child in the UK should go hungry at school. By charging VAT on private schools fees, Labour will make sure all primary school children, no matter what their background, get a healthy meal at school.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

By charging VAT on private schools fees, Labour will make sure all primary school children, no matter what their background, get a healthy meal at school. No child in the UK should go hungry at school... The next Labour Government will provide all primary school children with a free school meal, invest in our schools, and make sure no child is held back because of their background. Even in county councils that are not particularly favourable towards us.feedback

Ed Milliband

I am appalled that even now Ken shows no real remorse. His status should be revisited in the light of his continuing offensive behaviour.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The heart of your question is that you haven't got a question other than that. Let me tell you what these elections are about: housing, education, social care. Those are pretty serious and pretty crucial issues.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I'm glad you've asked a question on life expectancy and on social care, because too often our media simply don't deal with the issues that people face day-to-day. There are more than a million people waiting for social care in this country and there are many people stuck in hospital that cannot leave because there's no social care there for them.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

You're obsessed with this question, utterly obsessed. Theresa May's Government is trying to use Brexit to turn Britain into a low-wage tax haven for big business.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

But what I do care about is an obsession by so many to ignore the reality of homelessness, of social care ... It simply doesn't have to be the case in modern Britain. So these elections give us an opportunity and I hope all newspapers and radio and TV will at least get involved in the serious debate about health, social care, schools, housing because at the end of the day if people grow up in poverty they tend to underachieve at school and if they underachieve at school, they tend to lead less fulfilling lives. If they lead less fulfilling lives, we all lose.feedback

Nick Clegg

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

Jeremy Corbyn

The polls suggest that people are also worried about the NHS, very worried about the housing crisis facing this country and very unhappy how our schools funding is being dealt with by this Government, we will be emphasising this during this campaign. Theresa May's Government is trying to use Brexit to turn Britain into a low-wage tax haven for big business. We are offering a real alternative that reflects the priorities of the majority of our people to rebuild and transform Britain, so that no one and no community is left behind.feedback

Marianne Elliott - Marianne

She is less interested in television than theatre, but is amazed by the amount of people who assume she's just using theatre to get into TV. I was offered something that would have clashed with a play in the West End and they couldn't understand why I wouldn't drop the theatre job.feedback

Marianne Elliott - Marianne

I'm proud of it because it's a female-driven piece, and also she's really complex and a bit ugly and she doesn't really care if you like her.feedback

Denise Gough

I feel like I've become the Jeremy Corbyn of actors,' she laughs (she laughs a lot).feedback

Marianne Elliott - Marianne

I'm an emotional wreck because I've never played someone so sad. I've always played complex women, but with a resolve in the centre. Harper doesn't have that – Harper is deeply terrified of everything, all the way through until maybe the last two scenes, so rehearsing her is quite an anxious process. My parents have done well to raise 11 human beings who stay in touch with each other and look out for each other and care about each other. As the seventh one, I was a needy little thing, still am, though not in the same way. I was a bit anxious, obsessed with wars and the Holocaust….feedback

Denise Gough

It's the only way I can make peace with what I earn and the work I do, and having to talk about myself all the time. It's really the only way I can do it and sleep.feedback

Howard Beckett - Unite

It would seem that there has been a breach of the commitment given by Labour to the ICO. The involvement by senior Labour Party politicians in this election campaign is a matter of concern, since there is evidence that it has gone well beyond simply expressing a view or a preference.feedback

Iain McNicol

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

Ken Livingstone

Hitler supported Zionism. That's what support is. I have broken no Labour Party rule. I am being attacked by the right-wing of the Labour Party because I support Palestinian human rights and strongly back our Leader Jeremy Corbyn. There is no real evidence against me, so hopefully the Labour panel will dismiss the charge against me. Only a biased and a rigged jury could find against me.feedback

Walter Wolfgang

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

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Keir Starmer

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

Ben Bradshaw

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

Griff Witte - The Washington Post

We finally seem to have found a contest Jeremy Corbyn can win. The off-white socks really clinch it.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We're very clear that there has to be unfettered access to the European market, otherwise the threat to jobs in this country is absolutely huge. Most of our manufacturing industries have a European sale and European supply chain in them. And if we don't maintain this unfettered access to the European market then quite clearly those industries are very much at risk. We need total accountability at every stage of this whole Brexit negotiation.feedback

Tim Farron

This is the biggest act of economic self harm in history and some Tory MPs are grasping at any straw they can find to assuage their consciences. They, like Corbyn have waived this through and history will judge them for it.feedback

Len McCluskey - Unite

Jeremy Corbyn will be involved in debates and discussions on where the party is going - but give him a chance and let us see where that takes us.feedback

Len McCluskey - Unite

The reality is that I'm hoping [Corbyn's] given the opportunity to put the alternative that Labour are building to the British electorate and hopefully we'll see, if he can break through, the opinion polls begin to change. I would suggest that the next 15 months or so will give us the answer to that. My members don't vote to affiliate to the Labour party so they can be abused by certain Labour leaders.feedback

Gerard Coyne - Unite

Who is Len McCluskey to decide that Jeremy Corbyn has 15 months to prove himself? He claims to run a democratic union, but he never asked ordinary Unite members in the first place who they thought would be the best Labour leader.feedback

Iain Duncan Smith

What they are trying to do is sound like they have a view. They are being heavily criticised by their own party for having no line, and he is trying to give them something to hang onto.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Last week the prime minister twice accused me of wanting to bankrupt Britain by borrowing money to fund investment. But as every businessperson knows, there is a world of difference between borrowing for capital spending and borrowing to fund the payroll and day-to-day trading or service delivery. It's quite simple – united we stand divided we fall. And united I believe this great party can do things together to achieve for the people that need Labour councils and, above all, need a Labour government and a society based on social justice and equality, not greed and inequality.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We should not be afraid of debt or borrowing. At the end of the Second World War, the Labour government of Clement Attlee didn't say, oh dear, debt is 250% of GDP, let's park those grand ideas about public ownership, a national health service, building council homes, or creating the protection of social security. No, they built a country to be proud of. They established the institutions that made out country fairer, more equal and stopped people being held back because of the poverty of where they were born.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

In Wales this May, Labour is defending over 500 seats in 22 unitary authorities. We lead 12 of those councils - 10 outright - and I know Carwyn and all members of the Labour Party in Wales will be united in not only defending those councils, but fighting to make gains too, including in Denbighshire . Our values of unity and solidarity are needed now more than ever. We know from previous occasions that some sick people have tried to sow division and hate. So please, look after each other, help one another and think of one another.feedback

Jon Lansman

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

Ken Livingstone

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

Jeremy Corbyn

She [Theresa May] was clearly elected on a pledge not to cut school funding and that's exactly what is happening.feedback

Ken Livingstone

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

Ken Livingstone

It would be ridiculous to keep a rule that means if Jeremy Corbyn was run over by a bus tomorrow we wouldn't be able to have a leftwing candidate stand. They wouldn't get the 15% of MPs. In America, anyone can run for president, they don't have to get the 15% of members of Congress.feedback

Ken Livingstone

The thing about Jeremy Corbyn is he doesn't give into this sort of pressure. He's been absolutely consistent since he became the party leader, and however much the press ramp it up, however much he's stabbed in the back by Labour MPs, he's not going to change his beliefs or the direction he's taking us to. I would simply say – most Labour MPs have stopped all this nonsense, they recognise they can't get rid of Jeremy – we've now got to focus on getting a good economic strategy out there that can win the next general election.feedback

Ken Livingstone

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

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jon Lansman

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

Len McCluskey - Unite

Ensuring that when Jeremy ceases to be leader, and at some point he will cease to be leader, I hope at a time of his own choosing, we have a fair election where candidates who have support among the membership can get on the ballot paper and we will be able to vote for them.feedback

Gerald Coyne

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

Gerald Coyne

I have been warning for weeks that Len was trying to act as puppet master to Jeremy Corbyn. Now the evidence is clear for all to see.feedback

Jon Lansman

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

Tim Farron

You are now the supporters of a government that is as anti-business as Jeremy Corbyn. You are now the cheerleaders of a government that is as anti-refugees as Nigel Farage. Theresa May has put at risk the very people who have bankrolled her party's success for years, and she didn't have to. So business should drop the Conservative party like a hot brick. We can gain the seats to rob the Tories of their power to wreck Britain, and by doing so we can change the course of our country.feedback

Angus Robertson

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

Michael Russell

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

Gerard Coyne - Unite

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

Nic Vrieselaar - Rabobank

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

Jeremy Corbyn

We have a government U-turn, no apology and a Budget that falls most heavily on those with the least broad shoulders. Cuts to schools, cuts to social care and cuts to people with disabilities. That is the agenda of her government.feedback

Mark Rutte

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

Peter Clifton

The only mischievous thing about this episode is the suggestion that PA has done anything beyond what it always does – accurately report what politicians say to us in an entirely impartial way.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

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

Jeremy Corbyn

No, I did raise the issue of the self-employed. I also wanted to set out in that speech the reality of life in Britain today.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

When she made those comments I suspect she had not heard what I had actually said and the statement I had put out afterwards. There is no ambiguity whatsoever. And those that are seeking mischief had better go and seek it elsewhere.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

One day we'll get into media discussions and debates which are about inequality and injustice in society – as you've kindly allowed me to do this morning – rather than political process, which absorbs itself into the mindset of a media world rather than world of poverty and injustice in our society.feedback

Willie Rennie

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

Jeremy Corbyn

I do think we should set it within the context of the economic relationship with the rest of the UK, and the question of devolution of EU [powers] to English regions and to Scotland, and to parts of Scotland rather than just to the government in Holyrood, because the principle of regionalism is it goes to everybody within a region, not just to the central powers, and the SNP have a bit of a tendency to centralise things around themselves. Westminster blocking a second referendum would give the SNP exactly what they want – more grievance.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Kezia Dugdale is absolutely right to oppose a second referendum at Holyrood and to keep the pressure on Nicola Sturgeon to rule one out. However any hypothetical deal on a second referendum is highly premature as there would need to be lengthy negotiations around the timing and the question on the ballot paper, given the remain/leave precedent set in the EU referendum.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

Next week Nicola Sturgeon must rule out a second referendum and get back to the bread and butter issues.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

All of these negotiations would happen at a time when the SNP should be focused on education, where attainment is falling, on the NHS, which faces a workforce crisis, and on our economy which sees 220,000 Scottish children live in poverty.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

This was a budget of utter complacency about the state of our economy. Utter complacency about the crisis facing our public services and complacent about the reality of daily life for millions of people in this country. Entirely out of touch with that reality of life for millions. This government have taken a sledgehammer to public services in recent years, yet the chancellor now expects praise for patching up a small part of that damage. This budget did not provide the funding necessary now to deal with the crisis in our NHS, which the British Medical Association reckons needs an extra £10bn.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The budget did not provide the funding necessary to end now the state of emergency in social care, which needs £2bn a year just to plug the gaps, according to the King's Fund. Those needs will not be met by £2bn over three years – the money is needed now.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

This budget did not address them: it failed them. This budget does nothing to tackle low pay, nothing to solve the state of emergency that persists for the many people who demand and need health and social care now, and nothing to make a fair economy that truly works for everyone. It is built on unfairness and on a failure to tackle unfairness in our society.feedback

Sam Glover

When one of the smartest people in the world thinks you’ve had it, listen to them. Those of us who love the NHS need Labour in power, not exiled from it. John McDonnell wrote an article on 26 February announcing that a “soft coup” is under way against Jeremy Corbyn. This coup, claimed McDonnell, “is being perpetrated by an alliance between elements in the Labour party and the Murdoch media empire, both intent on destroying Jeremy Corbyn and all that he stands for”. But the truth is that not everyone who wants Corbyn out is a Blairite stooge, or in thrall to Rupert Murdoch: the latest ally of the Progress Putsch is Stephen Hawking.feedback

Daniel Zeichner

I think he fully appreciates the huge investment that the last Labour government made in science and you can see that in a lot of the buildings and laboratories around Cambridge.feedback

Philip Hammond

I have no intention of doing so. Just for the record my tax affairs are all perfectly regular and up to date. But this demonstration politics isn't helping to create a better atmosphere in British politics. If there is anybody in the European Union who thinks that if we don't do a deal with the European Union, if we don't continue to work closely together, Britain will simply slink off as a wounded animal, that is not going to happen. British people have a great fighting spirit and we will fight back. We will forge new trade deals around the world. We will build our business globally.feedback

Rebecca Long-Bailey

I don't think you can ever call a seat a safe seat nowadays. I think you have to work hard to convince the electorate that you're the party for them. We have had a difficult 18 months. I don't think anybody disputes that.feedback

John McDonnell

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

John McDonnell

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

Jeremy Corbyn

I am publishing the detail of my tax return here, on my constituency website. I have made it clear that I think it is right for party leaders to be open and transparent about their tax arrangements.feedback

John McDonnell

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

David Wrigley - British Medical Association

Patients are not getting the care they deserve. We are a country that can afford the funding that is required. I guess it is also a wakeup call for Theresa May and the chancellor ... we demand they fund the NHS adequately. If the budget does not bring about any further funding increase, there would be uproar.feedback

Felix Ramos

Many people are not going to get the help they need ... privatisation does not work. It is not going to care for the vulnerable.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

The NHS is in crisis, in crisis because of the underfunding in social care and the people not getting the care and support they need. There are those waiting on trolleys and those who are desperate to get into an A&E department waiting hours for treatment. It is not the fault of the staff. It is the fault of a government who have made a political choice.feedback

John McDonnell

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

Martin Kettle

The party’s supporters voted two to one to remain, so why does Jeremy Corbyn kowtow to the leavers?If you are unfortunate enough to be standing on a burning drilling platform in the North Sea, you face an unenviable choice. Stay on the platform and the blaze will kill you; leap into the sea and, if you are still alive after you hit the water, you risk a rapid death from exposure.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour will go further to reconnect with voters and break with the failed political consensus. Labour is determined that Britain will not turn in on itself but instead play a proactive and positive role in Europe's future outside the European Union but working with our friends and colleagues all across this continent.feedback

Clive Lewis

When I became the MP for Norwich South, I promised my constituents I would be 'Norwich's voice in Westminster, not Westminster's voice in Norwich'. I therefore cannot, in all good conscience, vote for something I believe will ultimately harm the city I have the honour to represent, love and call home. It is therefore with a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the shadow cabinet. It has been a privilege to work with Jeremy Corbyn and be part of the shadow cabinet. I will continue to support our party and our leader from the backbenches to the very best of my ability.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

He appears to be making a sort of threat to the European community, saying 'well, if you don't give us exactly what we want, we're going to become this sort of strange entity on the shores of Europe where there'll be very low levels of corporate taxation and designed to undermine the effectiveness or otherwise of industry across Europe. It seems to me a recipe for some kind of trade war with Europe in the future. That really isn't a very sensible way forward.feedback

Philip Hammond

I personally hope we will be able to remain in the mainstream of European economic and social thinking. But if we are forced to be something different, then we will have to become something different. If we have no access to the European market, if we are closed off, if Britain were to leave the European Union without an agreement on market access, then we could suffer from economic damage at least in the short-term.feedback

Theresa May

I join [Mr Corbyn] in expressing condolences to the family and friends of little Katie who died so tragically.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour supports fair rules and reasonably managed migration as part of the post-Brexit relationship with the EU. The right to work here would be something that would be negotiated because that clearly cannot be put down yet until we know what the terms are of single market access. We cannot set ourselves up as being a sort of grossly unequal bargain basement economy on the shores of Europe.feedback

Graham Sharpe - William Hill

Having been hammered by political punters backing Jeremy Corbyn at 200/1 to be Labour leader, Donald Trump at 150/1 to be US President, Brexit and a Tory General Election victory both at 6/1, we're taking no chances this time round.feedback

Suzanne Evans

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

Jeremy Corbyn

As the report rightly acknowledges, politicising anti-Semitism – or using it as a weapon in controversies between and within political parties – does the struggle against it a disservice. Under my leadership, Labour has taken greater action against anti-Semitism than any other party, and will implement the measures recommended by the Chakrabarti report to ensure Labour is a welcoming environment for members of all our communities.feedback

Ian Murray

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

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

We have much more in common than divides us. As far as I am concerned let's wipe that slate clean. We are proud as a party that we are not afraid to discuss openly, to debate and disagree. That is essential for a party that wants to change things for the better and isn't prepared to accept things as they are. Together arguing for the real change this country needs I have no doubt that this party can win the next general election.feedback

Richard Whitman

Defection would be a dramatic gesture, but each will have to make their own calculations. If they're facing deselection then they may defect first for maximum effect, but others may choose to make their peace with Corbyn.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

It's not my, it's not the Labour way and it never will be.feedback

John Spellar

This country needs a sensible progressive party, and it will get one back. It's just a question of time.feedback

Angela Eagle

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

Angela Eagle

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

Owen Smith

He (Corbyn) has done a good job in some respects but he is not the man who can lead us into the next election and win for Labour and working people in this country cannot afford to have a Labour Party that isn't presenting a powerful opposition and a credible alternative government. That's what I am determine to provide, this leadership that we need.feedback

David Cameron

I will watch these exchanges from the back benches. I will miss the roar of the crowd, I will miss the barbs from the opposition, but I will be willing you on. You can achieve a lot of things in politics ... In the end, public service, the national interest, that's what it's all about.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We will be campaigning on all the things that matter. The inequality and poverty that exists in this country. The need to end the privatisation of our National Health Service. The need to give real hope and opportunity to young people all across this country. That is what Labour exists to do.feedback

Angela Eagle

Jeremy Corbyn is unable to provide the leadership that this party needs - I believe I can. I am not a Blairite, I am not a Brownite and I am not a Corbynista, I am my own woman.feedback

Angela Eagle

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

Nigel Farage

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

Gordon Brown

I don't think Jeremy Corbyn is going to stay. I think he's going to go.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Hilary Benn

He (Mr Corbyn) is a good and decent man but he is not a leader and that is the problem.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

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

Jeremy Corbyn

We can't duck the issue of immigration, clearly it was a factor. We need to start an open and honest debate.feedback

Nicola Sturgeon

What we're seeing tonight is the SNP replacing Labour. The collapse in Labour support is quite staggering.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

You may not like everything we say but when it comes to big decisions on the economy, infrastructure, skills and investment.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We have to do our best – all the countries in Europe, including Britain – to reach out and help these children and help these people. These are children who want to learn, want to develop their lives, want to contribute to the society for all of us. That surely is a simple human message that we can all reach out to. And I want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers that are here helping.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I want to see a more democratic Europe, a more socially just Europe, a fairer Europe, but I do not think that is achieved by leaving. Our party conference voted that we should remain in the European Union, but that we should campaign on the agenda of a more social Europe.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Yes, I would and I made that point very clear in parliament on many occasions indeed. This is a crisis, facing ordinary people. Those ordinary people deserve support and the humanitarian sympathy of all of us.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I am not really sure what he wants to achieve. The background to this is not about the negotiations he is conducting here, it is about the arguments within the Conservative party, of large numbers of people who don't want to be in the EU, don't want anything to do with Europe at all. And his wing of the Conservative party that does not want to leave Europe, but that essentially wants a free market Europe, rather than a social justice Europe.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We believe that austerity is a political choice, not an economic choice. If the European Union wants to succeed it can't go on impoverishing the poorest people in the least well-off countries in Europe.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We cannot just allow the lives of all of us to be dominated by free market economics. There has to be something different. That is about full employment, about social solidarity, about opportunities for young people, about decent, fair working conditions across the continent.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

These are the values I was elected on. A kinder politics, a more caring society, these are Labour values, they are our country's values and we are going to put these values back into the heart of politics in this country.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

According to the script, Socialists and Social Democratic parties were in decline. Social Democracy itself was dead on its feet. Yet something new, invigorating, popular and authentic has exploded.feedback

David Cameron

If we are able to change Prime Minister's Questions and to make it a more genuine exercise and answering questions, no one would be more delighted than me.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

One of my first acts as the leader of the party will be to go to the demonstrations this afternoon to show support for the way refugees must be treated and should be treated in this country. They are human beings just like you, just like me. Let's deal with the refugee crisis with humanity, with support, with help, with compassion, to try to help people who are trying to get to a place of safety.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We cannot be content with the state of the EU as it stands. But that does not mean walking away, but staying to fight together for a better Europe.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We have grown enormously; we have grown enormously because of the hopes of so many ordinary people for a different Britain, a better Britain, a more equal Britain, a more decent Britain.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

We have got a great team. Majority of women in the shadow cabinet for the first team in history. It's a great team. Fantastic.feedback

Ben Bradshaw

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

Gordon Brown

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

George Osborne

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

Phyllis Starkey

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

David Cameron

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

Olaf Bruns

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

Wendy Alexander

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

Gordon Brown

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

Ed Milliband

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

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