Nine memorable verbal volleys from the general election snap campaign trail
General election campaigns are invariably filled with bold declarations, sweeping arguments, stinging attacks and flippant faux pas.
And the build-up to the snap general election on June 8 has been no different, with politicians of every stripe keen to dish out their share of verbal volleys.
In no particular order, here is a look back at nine of the most memorable spiels so far in the campaign.
1. “I will not take anything for granted and neither will the team I lead, because there is too much at stake. 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.” Prime minister Theresa May
2. “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.” - Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after his party’s losses in the local elections
3. “The SNP has won the election in Scotland and won it loud and clear. Thanks to the support of people across the country, the SNP has secured the largest number of councillors, the highest share of the vote - with an increase on the last result in 2012 and is the largest party in the most council areas.” -Scotland’s first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon
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4. “Theresa May doesn’t care about the NHS or social care. People are lying on trolleys in hospital corridors and she has done nothing. The Liberal Democrats will rescue the NHS and social care. We are prepared to be honest with people and say that we will all need to chip in a little more.” -Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, saying they would put a penny on income tax for this purpose
5. “With five weeks of the general election campaign to go, we are just 9pc behind Labour and breathing down their necks. We have halved the gap on Labour in just one night and scored our best national election result in seven years. Labour is collapsing and we will stand up for people to provide the strong opposition this country needs.” -Baroness Brinton, the Liberal Democrat president
6. “Amid a backdrop of poor media interest in local government, a Tory prime minister calling a general election in the middle of the campaign, and other parties’ shameless attempts to make a local election about national issues, we’ve made real progress.” -Scottish Greens convener Patrick Harvie
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7. “A strategic bullet to the back of the head.” -Former Ukip backer Arron Banks, saying that is what the party now needs as it is finished as an electoral force
8. “The Conservative party still has plenty to do if it is to achieve a significant increase in its parliamentary ranks on June 8.” -John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University
9. “If we aspire to a politics of maturity and generosity, then the religious faith of any election candidate should not be treated by opponents as a vulnerability to be exploited.” -The archbishops of Canterbury and York in a pre-election letter