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I'd like to thank Kezia Dugdale for her work as Scottish Labour leader and the important role she has played in rebuilding the party in Scotland. Kezia became Scottish leader at one of the most difficult times in the history of the Scottish Labour party and the party's revival is now fully under way, with six new MPs and many more to come. I want to thank Kez for her tireless service to our party and movement, and look forward to campaigning with her in future.feedback

There has to be an arrangement in the long term with Europe which is one of tariff-free trade access to Europe that gives protection of the rights, regulations and gains we've made from Europe on workers' rights as well as protection of consumer rights and continued membership of the European institutions, particularly the European Court of Human Rights, but there are many others as well. Could you have a separate arrangement for different parts of the UK.feedback

Invest in the future of all us. Invest in better transport systems; invest in sustainable jobs in new industries; invest in communities; invest in decent housing. You then create the virtuous circle of increasing employment in all those industries and providing a common good for all. You don't cut your way to prosperity: you improve people's lives by investing in the future. If money was found to bail out the banks then surely the money should be available to support and invest in communities all across the country.feedback

[If] you cut and destroy public services, they are not there for anybody later on in life. Even the very richest get heart attacks; even the very richest may get cancer; even the very richest homes might catch fire. At that point they need an ambulance service. At that point they need a hospital. At that point they need a fire service. I simply say to the Tory party, think again about the direction you're taking the country in.feedback

I'm saying to the government: halt this closure programme, halt the closure of this centre here, don't destroy the 600 jobs that are available here that are important as an economic contributor to this town. Instead think again. Think about the role of government in supporting people. Think again about the punitive way in which you operate your regimes.feedback

People don't want them. No. It was there [during his leadership campaign] as a discussion item which was taken out of context. The response was that people don't want them: end of.feedback

The fire has raised profound concerns about the way that social housing is provided and managed in this country, and I - as well as many survivors - worry that, without a wider focus, the inquiry will fail to get fully to grips with the causes of the fire. The fear is that the priority is to avoid criticism of your party's policy failures rather than secure justice for Grenfell survivors, along with the safety of the many other people who live in social housing in this country.feedback

Our next election manifesto will be more detailed because we'll have more time to prepare it, but it will be a reflection of the wishes and aspirations of a lot of people who you've never heard of, all around the country. Yes, I'm spending the summer campaigning around the country, but everywhere I go I make sure I have time to meet and listen to different people and different groups, and I learn a lot by that. It does mean that when we're writing policy documents you think, hang on, this isn't practical, it wouldn't work. Let's do something else.feedback

As [US President] Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un trade threats and tensions escalate, the danger is growing. In the interests of sanity and safety for the whole world, global pressure for dialogue and diplomacy must be overwhelming. Our government must not drag our country into any military action over the Korea crisis, including joint exercises. US-led regime-change wars and the threat of more to come have made this crisis more dangerous and difficult to resolve.feedback

Trump and Kim must immediately wind down the war of rhetoric, as the German chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded. The risks of an unintended escalation into full-blown conflict are too great for the whole world. We cannot play fast and loose with nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. Our government must press for measured responses to bring the temperature down. Our government must not drag our country into any military action over the Korea crisis, including joint exercises.feedback

There can be no question of blind loyalty to the erratic and belligerent Trump administration. US-led regime-change wars and the threat of more to come have made this crisis more dangerous and difficult to resolve.feedback

If Theresa May is back from her holiday yet, perhaps she's listening. It would be a really good idea to have another walk, have an epiphany moment while you're walking and come along with a proposal to dissolve parliament and have another election. We're ready for it at any time.feedback

Labour would, firstly, properly fund our NHS by putting emergency money in. Secondly we'd lift the pay cap to ensure there are sufficient staff at the NHS to stay there and do the work, and thirdly invest urgently in reinstating the nurse bursary so that we have a good number of nurses for the future.feedback

The times to see a doctor are increasing, the times to be treated in A&E departments are increasing, the times to get elective surgery are increasing. We can't go on like this. The NHS is something we all rely on. It's up to government to make sure it's there for everybody all the time.feedback

But we also have to recognise that there have been effective and serious attempts at reducing poverty in Venezuela, improving literacy and improving the lives of many of the poorest people. I gave the support of many people around the world for the principle of a government that was dedicated towards reducing inequality and improving the life chances of the poorest people. What's happened is the oil price has fallen obviously and the economy was overdependent on oil. And I make it very clear I think there should've been greater diversity at a time when there was a very high oil price.feedback

I'm appalled at the glorification of killing wild and rare animals on this TV channel. As an Arsenal fan I'm disgusted that Stan Kroenke is involved in such a brutal, unethical and unnecessary activity.feedback

This is not sport. Kroenke should stick to football if he wants to be involved in sport. In my mind 'blood sport' is a contradiction and there should be no place on television or anywhere else for it.feedback

The mayor will go as far as the law allows in his new London Plan to ensure rules applying to such spaces are no more onerous than those that apply on publicly owned land.feedback

We must reclaim our public spaces from the corporate interests who want to control them. Our country's laws should govern public space, not secretive private rules. City life is made rich and exciting by our varied shared spaces. They should be run in the interests of the many not the few.feedback

I recognised it was a huge burden, I did not make a commitment we would write it off because I couldn't at that stage. I pointed out we had written the manifesto in a short space of time because it was a surprise election but that we would look at ways of reducing that debt burden, recognising quite a lot of it is never going to be collected anyway and try and reduce that. I don't have the simple answer for it yet - I don't think anybody would expect me to, because this election was called unexpectedly; we had two weeks to prepare all this - but I'm very well aware of that problem.feedback

It would be a managed thing on the basis of the skills required. What there wouldn't be is whole-scale importation of underpaid workers from central Europe in order to destroy conditions, particularly in the construction industries. You prevent agencies recruiting for jobs like that, you advertise for jobs in the locality first … It would be on the basis on the economic need and skills required. The need for nurses is huge … we have to be sensible about this.feedback

There would be European workers working in Britain and British workers working in Europe as there are the moment. What there wouldn't be is the wholesale importation of underpaid workers from central Europe in order to destroy conditions, particularly in the construction industry. The single market is dependent on membership of the EU. What we've said all along is that we want a tariff free trade access to the European market and a partnership with Europe in the future. The two things are inextricably linked.feedback

This gender pay gap is appalling. We would insist on a strong pay audit of every organisation and we'd also look at a 20-1 ratio between the chief executive and the lowest paid staff in every public sector organisation. But if I had been born Audrey Marr rather than Andrew Marr, I would have been out 10 years ago. There's a real lack of older women on the screen.feedback

Given the prime minister has had to administer a slap-down to her squabbling cabinet, does she think the chancellor is actually talking about her own ministers? The prime minister doesn't seem to have had any problem finding money to pay for the DUP's support. Can I invite the prime minister to take a check with reality on this? I look along that frontbench opposite and I see a cabinet bickering and backbiting while the economy gets weaker and people are pushed further into debt.feedback

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

So, I say to her today, Labour will help you keep your promise. Bring forward a Bill to update the Act and improve trans rights and Labour will back you. You can give your MPs and the DUP a free vote and Labour will make it law.feedback

It is important to note that effective inquiries command confidence because of both what they examine and how they are conducted. With this in mind, I urge you to consider broadening the inquiry team to a model more similar to that used in the Macpherson Inquiry, including with representation from those from minority backgrounds, in order to support the judge leading this inquiry.feedback

We would be disrespecting the memory of those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire, and putting further lives at risk, if we fail to fully learn these lessons. It is therefore our view that an immediate inquiry into the proximate causes of the Grenfell Tower fire should be supplemented by a longer-term, more wide-ranging inquiry into the underlying causes of what went wrong and the extent to which they are replicated on a national scale.feedback

There is widespread recognition that Grenfell Tower residents and victims' families deserve rapid answers to these questions, and that any undue delay risks adding to the intolerable levels of suffering they have already experienced.feedback

They want a good relationship in the future, of that I'm very sure. We had a frank discussion about the process and about the situation. And we've been able to inform him of our respect for the result of the referendum, our wish to maintain and defend jobs in Britain and to have an effective economic relationship with Europe in the future... It was a very useful meeting. Mr Barnier was very pleased with the Arsenal shirt, as you know I am an Arsenal supporter, and (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger is of course French.feedback

My door is open, listen to all Brexit views. We not negotiating. We're forming an opinion of what the European Union wants in this and representing views of people who voted for us, in particular on protection of jobs.feedback

Unease, that a society can go on in this direction with poverty and inequality alongside very rapidly rising huge individual wealth for a small number of people. I've got good news for the Tories: I know they're living through a nightmare at the moment. I'm somebody, as you're very well aware, that doesn't get involved in personal abuse and would never exploit somebody else's misfortune – so I want to help these Tories out of their nightmare. Feel free, at any time, to resign and we'll have another general election.feedback

Please leave it, I will talk to you in a moment. Somebody wants to have a chat with me about a couple of things. I'm very happy to do that in a moment. I do talk to everybody.feedback

Those MPs who are popular with their members, which may well be the vast majority, should have no problem getting reselected. But it's unreasonable to think we as MPs can avoid any contest.feedback

I haven't been watching it, but I'd advise that Marcel needs a vote. We should give him a vote. He needs a bit of, shall I say, TLC.feedback

We believe that education is a public good, that businesses, large and small, prosper when education, skills and training are given laser-like attention by a committed government. We need to encourage the creativity that's there in every child, not suppress it.feedback

I think have to have some degree of certainty and confidence for the future. We cannot go [on] with these levels of regional disparity, we cannot go on with the underfunding of so many of our public services and we cannot go on loading every generation with debts of £50,000 or £60,000, which at some point will be so serious there will be a shortage of people to go to university because they simply can't countenance the idea of that level of debt. The result is we all lose.feedback

We need to ensure that everyone – workers, government and businesses – share in the benefits that new technology can bring.feedback

There are no short cuts. If we are to create a high-skill, high-wage and high-productivity economy we're going to have to invest more to upgrade our economy for the 21st century. And that will mean businesses paying a bit more tax to invest in education while still maintaining low tax rates by historical and international comparisons.feedback

I think we should be prepared to raise to what would still be a lower level than the average of the G7 as a way of investing in our future. I don't see a future for this country of being a sort of low-tax haven on the shores of Europe. I see the future of this country as one that has a close partnership with the European Union, a tariff-free trade access to Europe and a similarity in taxation levels.feedback

Except for more misery, what does the Prime Minister and her Government actually offer for the young people of this country? Instead of offering platitudes, offer some real help and real support for those in work, young people who deserve better and deserve to be given more optimism than greater inequality.feedback

The prime minister simply doesn't get it. There is a low-pay epidemic in this country and it has a terrible effect on young people. Those in their 20s will earn £12,500 a year less than the generation that went before them – the first generation to be worse off than the last.feedback

I was hoping she was going to say a bit more about NHS staff and their pay during her birthday greetings. After a week of flip-flopping and floundering, we thought we'd got some clarity from Downing Street at last. While we do that, we will always recognise the need to makes those decisions against the need to live within our means.feedback

To break away like that is politically unhelpful at a time when the entire Labour Party is buzzing because we did far better in the general election.feedback

I think I can help the prime minister with this issue. When you cut local authority budgets by 40% you end up with fewer building control inspectors. When you cut local authority budgets by 40% we all pay a price in public safety – fewer inspectors, fewer building control inspectors, fewer planning inspectors, we all pay a price.feedback

What the tragedy of Grenfell Tower has exposed is the disastrous effects of austerity, this disregard for working class communities, the terrible consequences of deregulation and cutting corners. I urge the prime minister to come up with the resources needed to test and remove cladding, retrofit sprinklers, properly fund the fire service and police, so that all our communities can truly feel safe in own homes. This disaster must be a wake-up call.feedback

The truth is it is too little, too late. That could have been done and should have been done a year ago when Labour put that very proposal to the House of Commons. But by making an offer only after the negotiations have begun, the prime minister has dragged the issue of EU citizens and families deep into the complex and delicate negotiations of our future trade relations with the European Union, which she herself has been willing to say may result in failure. This isn't a generous offer. This is confirmation the government is prepared to use people as bargaining chips.feedback

I voted against the renewal. Everybody knows that because I wanted to go in a different direction. That is the decision that's been taken; I respect that decision going ahead.feedback

And if you see that far look at the wall that surrounds this wonderful festival. There's a message on that wall for President Donald Trump, . You know what it says? Build bridges, not walls.feedback

I appear on the stage to make my speech about football culture and music culture and people started chanting. When you are at the stage, you can't actually hear everything that is going on. Then I'm looking at these guys chanting and I realise they are smiling, so I paused and realised what they were chanting. I was quite moved, actually.feedback

A general election will come, I hope very soon. We're on it, we're ready for it, we will knock on doors that haven't seen investment for a very long time. We're ready for another election as soon as you are. Let's do it, above all, together.feedback

My thoughts are with all those residents affected by the evacuation of tower blocks in Camden. This is a disruptive and worrying time for them.feedback

I think we should adopt a maxim in life: that everyone we meet is unique, that everyone we meet knows something we don't know, is slightly different to us in some ways. Don't see them as a threat. Don't see them as an enemy. See them as a source of knowledge, a source of friendship and a source of inspiration.feedback

Thank you for giving me a few minutes. And remember, this election IS. ABOUT. YOU!feedback

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

In an emergency, you have to bring all assets to the table in order to deal with that crisis and that's what I think we should be doing in this case. Every day at Heathrow, planes get delayed. Hundreds of people get stranded at airports all over the world. Hotels are found for them immediately, they are sorted out. Four-hundred-or-so people, still most of them have not got somewhere decent, safe or secure to stay in.feedback

What was less effective was the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, because they seemed to lack the resources to deal with a crisis of this magnitude in their borough and yet they are the country's wealthiest borough. There are a large number of deliberately kept empty, vacant flats and properties all over London. It's called land banking. People with a lot of money buy a house, buy a flat, and keep it empty.feedback

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

The truth has got to come out. It's great that you're in place. We have to get to the bottom of this. The truth has got to come out and it will. The response of the fire service - incredible. In six minutes the first fire appliances were on the scene. There's been an incredible community response, donations of food and clothing and faiths all faiths have come together - everyone has given their support and I think that's quite incredible. The resources have to be found because we cannot allow people to live in a dangerous state.feedback

Of course we're going to reach out. There's been one or two difficulties at times in the parliamentary Labour Party but let's put that behind us. The issue is the party came together and fought this election for a result that nobody else ever expected. Out there a lot of people said, hang on a minute, you are for the first time offering a real choice in British politics' and do you know what? It's infectious.feedback

We put forward our policies – strong and hopeful policies – and have gained an amazing response from the public. I think it's pretty clear who won this election. We're ready to serve the people who have given their trust to us. My party has had a huge increase in its vote, gained seats all over the country, in every region of this country and in Scotland and Wales. I think everyone in the Labour party, and everyone who supported the Labour party yesterday – young people, old people, everyone in between – I think they should be very proud of what we have achieved.feedback

Andrew Murray is a member of the Labour Party and he is an official at Unite, and he is temporarily helping us with the campaign. He is a person of enormous abilities and professionalism, and is the head of staff of Unite the union. To manage a very large union and a large number of staff takes special skills, and Andrew has them. I don't believe that Andrew is anything other than a democratic socialist and member of the Labour Party like me.feedback

I think 68, as they say, is too late. Ninety-five percent of people in this country will have no tax increase, no national insurance increase, no VAT increase … We want to make sure there is a redistribution of wealth. It can't be right that we live in a country where the richest 100 people have assets of £600bn. Andrew Murray is a member of the Labour party and he is an official at Unite and he is temporarily helping us with the campaign.feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There was a bit of mischievous misreporting going on there. I was asked if in Westminster we would block the holding of a referendum. I said no, if the Scottish Parliament decided they wanted to have a referendum then it would be wrong for Westminster to block it. There is no ambiguity whatsoever and those that are seeking mischief better go and seek it elsewhere. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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