Saturday 20 January 2018

Key quotes as dramatic general election night unfolded

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Conservative leader Theresa May cast their votes early on Thursday
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Conservative leader Theresa May cast their votes early on Thursday Newsdesk Newsdesk

Here are some of the main quotes from election night so far:

:: Prime Minister Theresa May, accepting victory in her Maidenhead constituency of Maidenhead, "At this time more than anything else, this country needs a period of stability. And if, as the indications have shown and if this is correct that the Conservative Party has won the most seats and probably the most votes, then it will be incumbent on us to ensure we have that period of stability, and that is exactly what we will do."

:: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in his acceptance speech after being re-elected in Islington North: "Politics has changed. Politics is not going back into the box where it was before."

:: Labour deputy leader Tom Watson speaking about Theresa May: "She said she was 'strong and stable'. The public saw that she was weak and wobbly."

:: Shadow chancellor John McDonnell: "I was expecting Boris Johnson to launch his leadership campaign tonight. But clearly not tonight, maybe tomorrow."

:: Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg after losing his Sheffield Hallam seat: "We saw that in the Brexit referendum last year and we see it here again tonight, polarised between left and right, between different regions and nations and areas of the country, but most gravely of all, this huge gulf now between young and old."

Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg
Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg

:: Former SNP first minister Alex Salmond quotes a Jacobite song after losing his Gordon seat to the Conservatives: "You've not seen the last of my bonnet and me."

:: Former England striker and Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker, referring to Mrs May's decision to call a snap election, wrote on Twitter: "I think Theresa May has won own goal of the season."

:: It was a theme picked up by Christopher Snowdon, the Spectator writer. Referring to an interview Mrs May gave earlier in the week, he wrote on Twitter: "This is a new contender for the naughtiest thing Theresa May has ever done."

:: Actress Minnie Driver, speaking from the red carpet in Los Angeles where her US show Speechless was to be honoured by Television Academy: "I believe this is the pendulum swinging back in the other direction from Brexit. And while I know we're not getting out of Brexit, it will be a different negotiation and hopefully we won't be the laughing stock and sad stock of Europe."

:: Former Great British Bake Off host Sue Perkins offered her own take on the future of Ukip leader Paul Nuttall, who has previously been questioned about some of his claims about his personal life. She wrote on Twitter: "Ukip is finished. But at least Paul Nuttall can go back to his day job as Poet Laureate."

:: Tory former business minister Anna Soubry, who held her Broxtowe seat, on Theresa May's future: "She is in a very difficult place. She is a remarkable and she's a very talented woman and she doesn't shy from difficult decisions. But she now has to obviously consider her position."

:: Outspoken Tory backbencher Philip Davies, who retained his West Yorkshire seat of Shipley: "I think it's fair to say we made a bit of a pig's ear of the national campaign really, to be honest."


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