Jeremy Corbyn on British elections 2017

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Fifteen months after the EU referendum the government is still no clearer about what our long-term relationship with the EU will look like. The only advance seems to be that the prime minister has listened to Labour and faced up to the reality that Britain needs a transition on the same basic terms to provide stability for businesses and workers. That's because Theresa May and her Conservative cabinet colleagues are spending more time negotiating with each other rather than with the EU.feedback
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400 or so people, still most of them have not got somewhere decent, safe or secure to stay in. Somehow or other, it seems to be beyond the wit of the public services to deal with the crisis facing a relatively small number of people in a country of 65 million. But the real issue is not about what we as individuals feel, Theresa May, me, anybody else, it's what those people are going through.feedback

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

Now the election is over, the next phase of our campaign to win power for the majority has already begun. We must remain in permanent campaign mode on a general election footing. We achieved what we did last Thursday because we were a united party during the campaign and we need to maintain that unity and collective discipline in the weeks and months ahead. We have a government in complete disarray still unable to reach an agreement, it seems, with the DUP and desperately delaying the Queen's Speech and Brexit negotiations.feedback

Labour is ready to provide strong and stable leadership in the national interest. Democracy is a wondrous thing and can throw up some very unexpected results. I'm sure we all look forward to welcoming the Queen's Speech just as soon as the coalition of chaos has been negotiated. We look forward to this parliament, however short it might be. That we can be the voice for change in our society because more people - particularly more young people than ever before - took part in this recent general election.feedback

We look forward to this parliament, however short it might be, that we can be the voice for change in our society. More people, particularly young people, than ever before, took part in this recent general election. They took part because they wanted to see things done differently in our society.feedback

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

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

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

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

You know they said that if Labour fought this General Election on a progressive manifesto, we would be swept away by a Conservative landslide.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I never met the IRA. I obviously did meet people from Sinn Fein as indeed I met people from other organisations, and I always made the point that there had to be a dialogue and a peace process. We've had Theresa May promising in three elections to make cuts to immigration. I'm making no promises on that.feedback

We have agreed that all national campaigning in the General Election will be suspended until further notice. I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives.feedback

My thoughts are with families and friends of those who have died and been injured. Today the whole country will grieve for the people who have lost their lives. I have spoken with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, who has fully briefed me on the operational response in the city. I would like to pay tribute to the emergency services for their bravery and professionalism in dealing with last night's appalling events. I have spoken with the Prime Minister and we have agreed that that all national campaigning in the general election will be suspended until further notice.feedback

Theresa May, why not debate me? The public deserves to see a debate between the only two people who could form the next government.feedback

This is about having a health service for the many. In the past seven years the Tories have driven our National Health Service into crisis. A&E departments are struggling to cope. Waiting lists are soaring and, and as we saw last week, Tory cuts have exposed patient services to cyber attack. Imagine what would happen to the NHS if the Conservatives under Theresa May were to have another five years in power. It would be unrecognisable: a national health service in name, cut back, broken up and plundered by private corporations. Only Labour will put the NHS back on its feet.feedback

I'm not going to put any figures on it, Theresa May has done that for, this is now the third General Election she's promised figures none of which she's come anywhere near to achieving. Clearly the free movement ends when we leave the European Union but there will be managed migration and it will be fair. There will be a strategic defence review as all governments have done when they come in to office which will look at all aspects of our defence strategy. I consider myself well paid for what I do and I am wanting to say to everyone who's well off, make your contribution to our society.feedback

The global situation is becoming more dangerous. The US is the strongest military power on the planet by a very long way. It has a special responsibility to use its power with care and to support international efforts to resolve conflicts collectively and peacefully. Waiting to see which way the wind blows in Washington isn't strong leadership. And pandering to an erratic Trump administration will not deliver stability. This is the fourth general election in a row to be held while Britain is at war and our armed forces are in action in the Middle East and beyond.feedback

They [the Conservatives] have not increased our security at home – rather the opposite – and they have caused destabilisation and devastation abroad. Britain deserves better than simply outsourcing our country's security and prosperity to the whims of the Trump White House. So no more hand-holding with Donald Trump – a Labour government will conduct a robust and independent foreign policy made in London. This is the fourth general election in a row to be held while Britain is at war and our armed forces are in action in the Middle East and beyond.feedback

If you vote for Theresa May, you get a coalition of risk and uncertainty with Donald Trump.feedback

We know this is no small task - it is a challenge on a historic scale. But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment. We have five weeks to win the General Election so we can fundamentally transform Britain for the many, not the few. When Labour wins there will be a reckoning for those who thought they could get away with asset stripping our industry, crashing our economy through their greed and ripping off workers and consumers. It makes me angry. It makes me really angry. And I know it makes the people of Britain angry too.feedback

Strength is holding on to what you believe in. Standing up for the many against the few means a struggle against the odds. Looking out for the few is easy; winning for the many is hard. I have a message for Theresa May: If you feel the need to go on about what a great leader you are, then show it by debating with me in this election campaign. We are for the many, you're for the few. No, because I'm busy out campaigning to win the General Election on June 8.feedback

The results were mixed. We lost seats but we are closing the gap on the Conservatives. I am disappointed at every Labour defeat in the local elections. Too many fantastic councillors, who work tirelessly for their communities, lost their seats. We have five weeks to win the general election, so we can fundamentally transform Britain for the many not the few. We know this is no small task - it is a challenge on an historic scale. But we, the whole Labour movement and the British people, can't afford not to seize our moment.feedback

Theresa May is hiding from the public. She won't take part in TV debates and she won't talk to voters. Refusing to debate Labour in this election isn't a sign of strength, it's a sign of weakness. What is she afraid of? Voters deserve to know what political parties are offering. We are setting out our plans to rebuild and transform Britain.feedback

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

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

If you want progressive policies that deliver social justice, fairness and equality then you should vote Labour, vote Labours MPs to elect a Labour government. Let me be clear – there will be no deals with the SNP or anybody else. Remember, this is not a referendum, it's a General Election, and only Labour can form another government and offer an alternative that will transform the lives of people all across Scotland and all across Britain. I'm loving every minute of it. We are absolutely up for this fight.feedback

But where Theresa May divides, Labour will unite our four nations. A Labour government will make St George's Day - England's national day and Shakespeare's birthday - a public holiday, along with St David's Day, St Andrew's Day and St Patrick's Day. But they will also be a chance to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations in our diversity and mutual respect. The next Labour government will give workers the break they deserve and bring our country closer together.feedback

Theresa May will try to say that this is an election about Brexit while ignoring her government's failure and the issues that affect people's lives every day.feedback

We welcome the opportunity of a general election because it gives the British people the chance to vote for a Labour government that will put the interests of the majority first. The Prime Minister talks about a strong economy, but the truth is most people are worse off then they were when the Conservatives came to power seven years ago. The election gives the British people the chance to change direction.feedback

The Prime Minister also says this campaign will be about leadership. So then let's have a head-to-head TV debate about the future of our country. Why has she rejected that request?feedback

We welcome the general election but this is a Prime Minister who promised there wouldn't be one, a Prime Minister who cannot be trusted. She says it's about leadership, yet is refusing to defend her record in television debates and it's not hard to see why. The Prime Minister says we have a stronger economy, yet she can't explain why people's wages are lower today than they were 10 years ago or why more households are in debt, six million people earning less than the minimum wage, child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up. Why are so many people getting poorer?feedback

Well, it's an opportunity for the people of this country to change the direction of this country, to decide they do not want a hard Brexit, they want to keep Britain in the single market, and indeed, it's an opportunity for us to have a decent strong opposition in this country, that we desperately need.feedback

I welcome the opportunity for us to put the case to the people of Britain, to stand up against this Government and it's failed economic agenda which has left our NHS in problems, our schools underfunded and left so many people uncertain. We want to put a case out there to the people of Britain of a society that cares for all, an economy that works for all and a Brexit that works for all. We're going out there to put the case for how this country could be run. How it could be different, how we could have a much fairer society that works for all, for everybody in our community.feedback

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

Elections and democracy are about public debate. So it's rather strange that only a couple of hours after calling for a general election, the prime minister is saying she's not going to take part in TV debates. Well, I say to Theresa May, who said this election was about leadership, come on and show some. Let's have the debates. It's what democracy needs and the British people deserve.feedback

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