Theresa May on British elections 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is no Mayism, there is good, solid Conservativism.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We continue to believe no deal is better than a bad deal.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From what I have seen of this account, I think it is Brussels gossip. Just look at what the European Commission themselves said immediately after the dinner took place, which was that the talks had been constructive. But it also shows that actually at times these negotiations are going to be tough. And in order to get the best deal for Britain we need to ensure that we've got that strong and stable leadership going into those negotiations.feedback

Right now we should be working together not pulling apart. And that's, that's why I say, every vote for me and my team in this election will be a vote for strengthening our hand in the Brexit negotiations.feedback

First of all I would point out we don't have a Brexit deal on the table from Brussels. We have their negotiating guidelines, we have our negotiating guidelines through the Article 50 letter and the Lancaster House speech I gave on this issue in January. What matters sitting around that table is a strong Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a strong mandate from the people of the United Kingdom which will strengthen our negotiating hand to ensure we get that possible deal.feedback

We have absolutely no plans to increase the level of tax but I'm also clear I don't want to make specific proposals on taxes unless I'm absolutely sure I can deliver on those. But it would be my intention with a Conservative government and a Conservative prime minister to reduce the taxes on working families.feedback

At this election, people will have a clear choice between five years of strong and strong a stable leadership with me and my team or a coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn. That's what's on offer of course, if you look at the other parties, they're lining up to prop up Jeremy Corbyn – we see it from the Liberal Democrats and we see it from Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish nationalists. What they're doing is they want to disrupt our Brexit negotiations and stop us from taking Britain forward. Every SNP MP that's elected to Westminster puts a step closer Jeremy Corbyn getting into Downing Street.feedback

At this election, people will have a clear choice between five years of strong and stable leadership with me and my team or a coalition of chaos led by Jeremy Corbyn. That's what's on offer of course, if you look at the other parties, they're lining up to prop up Jeremy Corbyn. We see it from the Liberal Democrats and we see it from Nicola Sturgeon's Scottish Nationalists.feedback

My message to the people of Scotland today is clear: if you vote for me, it will strengthen my hand in the Brexit negotiations. It will strengthen the Union, strengthen the economy and together the UK and Scotland will flourish. Because when Scotland is flourishing, the rest of the United Kingdom is flourishing too.feedback

Boris is doing a great job, and Boris and I and every Conservative candidate will be out there across the country fighting to win this election for the future of our country.feedback

I know this city is one of the places that people call a 'traditional Labour area'. But here – and in every constituency across the country – it may say Labour on the ballot, but it's Jeremy Corbyn that gets the vote.feedback

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

We can see how tough those negotiations are going to be at times. We need the strongest possible hand, the strongest possible mandate and the strongest possible leadership as we go into those talks.feedback

Every vote cast for me through my local Conservative candidates in cities like Leeds, and in towns and cities across the UK, will strengthen my hand when I negotiate with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of Europe in the months ahead.feedback

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

I've been very clear that under this Conservative government, we have seen pensioners benefit as a result of what we've done to the basic state pension to the tune of £1,250 a year. I am clear that under a Conservative government, pensioner incomes would continue to increase.feedback

We know that our readers are interested in politics, we know they're interested in women, we know they're interested in the world, so of course, she was a natural fit for us.feedback

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

We want to get votes and support here in Wales because that would strengthen my hand in the Brexit negotiations.feedback

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

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

I am very pleased to come back here. In this election I will be asking people to put their trust in me as Prime Minster to get the best possible deal for Britain. But I am only Prime Minister because I am a Member of Parliament and I am only a Member of Parliament because the people of Maidenhead [constituency] have put their trust in me and that's something I'll never forget. It's great to be back here in the constituency today.feedback

When the tuition fees came in, a lot of people said that what they thought might happen was actually young people from less advantaged families might be less likely to go to university. In fact, that's not the case - the reverse has happened. So I think we have seen [people] crucially still being able to to take those university opportunities. I think what's being done in apprenticeships... will give a wider variety of routes for young people, so that everybody's able to say: 'What works for me? What's right for me for the future?feedback

I am very proud of the record we have, of the children around the world who are being educated as a result of the British government, of the British taxpayer, of its international aid, the ability we had to help in the Ebola crisis, the work that we have been doing supporting Syrian refugees. I was in Jordan a couple of weeks ago meeting some youngsters being given a good quality education.feedback

The election campaign has only just begun. I'm not taking anything for granted. The result is not certain.feedback

I am … clear that no deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain.feedback

That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws, and our own borders, and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world. At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. In recent weeks, Labour has threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union. The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill.feedback

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

We won't be doing television debates. I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet with voters.feedback

The "most crucial point. I've taken this decision because I genuinely believe it is in the national interest. If you look at the timetable, had the election been in 2020 we would have been coming up to the most crucial part of the negotiations, at the end of the negotiations, in what would be starting to be the run-up to a general election. I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet the voters. That's what I believe in doing and that's what I'm going to be doing around this campaign.feedback

I genuinely came to this decision reluctantly having looked at the circumstances and having looked ahead at the process of negotiation. I want this country to be able to play the strongest hand possible in those negotiations and be in a position to get the best possible deal. That is in our long- term interest. That is what this is about.feedback

Now it is not the time for second Scottish independence referendum because it will weaken our hand in negotiations on Brexit. Strength and unity with the Conservatives, division and weakness with the Scottish nationalists.feedback

The country is coming together but Westminster is not… if we do not hold an election now (opposition politicians') political game playing will continue.feedback

As our Prime Minister Theresa May has said, the country is coming together, but Westminster is not.feedback

Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back. And as we look to the future, the Government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe. At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.feedback

We need a general election and we need one now. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country. Every vote for the Conservatives means we can stick to our plan for a stronger Britain and take the right long-term decisions for a more secure future.feedback

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

If the Parliamentary arithmetic lends itself to the SNP being part of a progressive alliance to keep the Tories out of Government then the SNP will seek to be part of that as we said in 2015. Now we are not sure that there are many people who think Labour will be in a position on their own or with anyone else to form a Government. There will be many people across England who will see that as a matter for regret. My job first and foremost is to stand up for Scotland. Only the SNP will stand between Scotland and an increasingly hardline and right wing Tory Government.feedback

That would be in nobody's interest. Brexit isn't just about the letter that says we want to leave. It's about ... getting the right deal from Europe. We won't be doing television debates.feedback

There are three things that a country needs: a strong economy, strong defence and strong, stable leadership. That's what our plans for Brexit and our plans for a stronger Britain will deliver. Whereas the right honourable gentleman opposite would bankrupt our economy, weaken our defences and is simply not fit to lead.feedback

We won't be doing TV debates. I believe in campaigns where politicians actually get out and about and meet with voters. That's what I have always believed in, it's what I still believe and I still do it – as Prime Minister, as a constituency MP, I still go out and knock on doors in my constituency. That's what I believe in doing, that's what I'm going to be doing around this campaign.feedback

I have concluded the only way to guarantee certainty and security for years ahead is to hold this election. Division in [Parliament] will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit.feedback

At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together but Westminster is not. In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the EU, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill. The SNP say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the EU and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.feedback

The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world. This is the right approach, and it is in the national interest. But the other political parties oppose it.feedback

The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. In recent weeks Labour has threatened to vote against the deal we reach with the European Union. The Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill. The Scottish National Party say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain's membership of the European Union. And unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way.feedback

We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a United Kingdom that is free to chart its own way in the world. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world. This is the right approach, and it is in the national interest. But the other political parties oppose it. At this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division.feedback

So we need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin. I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion. Since I became Prime Minister I have said that there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.feedback

If we do not hold a general election now their political game-playing will continue, and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country. So we need a General Election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin.feedback

Last summer, after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became prime minister the government has delivered precisely that. Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs, and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations. We have also delivered on the mandate that we were handed by the referendum result. Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back.feedback

Of course, the referendum laid bare some further divisions in our country – between those who are prospering, and those who are not … those for whom our country works well, and those for whom it does not. As the fantastic MP Jo Cox, who was so tragically taken from us last year, put it: 'We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.feedback

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