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Theresa May's campaign catchphrases which will come back to haunt her after snap election failure

There is always fighting talk on the campaign trail, but Mrs May might be regretting some of the things she said

A "strong and stable leadership" was one of the catchphrases of the Conservatives during the election campaign., as well as the need to avoid a "coalition of choas".

Some of this fighting talk from Prime Minster Theresa May has now come back to haunt her after her snap election failure.

The Prime Minister gambled on an election when her poll ratings suggested a landslide win, saying: "Let us remove the risk of uncertainty and instability."

But as the electorate delivered a hung parliament, Labour seized on another of her favourite phrases from the campaign trail - "If I lose just six seats I will lose this election" - which was intended as a warning to wavering voters but was repeated with glee by Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters in the wake of the shock election result.

Here are some of the phrases Mrs May has used which she may now regret...

1. In Downing Street on April 17, Mrs May said an early election was the "only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead" and vowed to "continue to give the country the strong and stable leadership it demands".

Labour deputy leader Tom Watson used his acceptance speech after being returned to the Commons to mock Mrs May: "She said she was 'strong and stable'. The public saw that she was weak and wobbly."

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2. Barely a day went by without Mrs May and her ministers warning that a vote for anyone other than the Tories would result in a "coalition of chaos", with Mr Corbyn propped up by the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and the Greens. Now, having gambled away her majority, Mrs May will be forced to rely on the votes of other parties - probably the DUP - in order to govern.

3. Mrs May said: "If I lose just six seats I will lose this election, and Jeremy Corbyn will be sitting down to negotiate with the presidents, prime ministers and chancellors of Europe." Mr Watson said "We are going to hold her to that", while Labour supporters reposted her original message on Twitter.

A campaign message from Mrs May's predecessor, David Cameron, was also being widely shared on social media.

The message posted on the eve of the 2015 election said: "Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice - stability and strong government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband."

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A little over 12 months after posting the message, the UK was heading for Brexit and Mr Cameron had quit.

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