On message
Interviewer: “One very quick question: do you know what a mugwump is?”
Theresa May: “What I recognise is that what we need in this country is strong and stable leadership.”
Nothing can shake the prime minister from her campaign catchphrase. Radio Derby

Off message
“The problem comes when the election campaign amounts to no more than a slogan. If you ask for a blank cheque, don’t be surprised if later it bounces.”
The London Evening Standard needles Mrs May on the day that George Osborne, a Tory ex-chancellor, takes over as editor


Mixed message
“I’m a bit of a Eurosceptic.”
Tim Farron, leader of the Lib Dems, who hope to pick up Remainers’ votes. BBC

Cop out
“Well, um...if we recruit the 10,000 policemen and women over a four-year period, we believe it will be about £300,000...Ha ha, no. I mean, sorry...They will, it will cost about, about £80m...The additional cost in year one, when we anticipate recruiting about 250,000 policemen, will be £64.3m.”
Diane Abbott, the shadow home secretary, muddles Labour’s plans for the police. LBC

 Dubious company
“United, we can win...This is our chance. Take it, brothers and sisters!”
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, speaks at a May Day rally, where he was pictured alongside flags of the Syrian regime and the Communist Party

Anti-social media
“Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding of the complex issues involved. The clock is ticking—it’s time to get real.”Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s point man for Brexit, ribs Mrs May on Twitter

Bloody foreigners
“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.”
Theresa May responds to reports that the European Commission’s president felt “ten times more sceptical” about Brexit after a dinner at Downing Street. BBC

U what?
“I just don’t think he’s got that fire in him to lead the UKIP party…I must say he’s the wrong bloke to be leader.”
Brian Whitmore, UKIP’s candidate for mayor of Doncaster, comments on Paul Nuttall, his party boss. JUS News