I believe that I'm entitled to regard my pre-political life as off-limits in terms of what can be looked at and judged.

One of London's massive strengths is its sporting prowess, its great football teams.

Politics as a parent is fairly demanding; if your parent is in politics, it's fairly demanding, so I make no excuses about taking two weeks off.

I'm a Conservative who believes in lower taxes. They lead to a more enterprising economy. But I'm not somebody who believes you can fund lower taxes by borrowing more money.

There is lots of evidence that it is this fear of going into debt that most puts people from poorer backgrounds off going to university.

It's difficult to see how Syria can have any long-term future with Assad there as president. Many people would never return to that country if that were the case.

Britain can only spend what it can afford.

Sound public finances are not the enemy of sustained growth - they are its precondition.

We need strength and success elsewhere in our country - not by pulling London down but by building the rest of the country up.

What's important is that, come the general election, people think the right things of you. They think that you've got the right values and the right policies. And that you're the right kind of person to lead the country.

Our message to China is very clear: we want the U.K. to be China's best partner in the West.

I think people who sit around and are always yearning for the next thing are not always the happiest people.

I first started going to Chelsea games in the mid-Nineties when I lived off the North End Road, ten minutes' walk from Stamford Bridge.

I want London to be the global sporting capital.

You cannot tackle Britain's debts without tackling the unreformed welfare system.

The wish to pass something on to your children is about the most basic, human and natural aspiration there is.

I want to see families with lower energy bills.

I don't want to watch 'Newsnight.' I just don't understand those politicians who genuinely want to watch it for pleasure.

Britain needs a tough, strong financial conduct regulator.

Leaving the E.U. was not the outcome that I wanted or campaigned, but now that democracy has spoken, we must act on that result. I will fully respect that result.

When I was born, the Internet was barely two years old. It was the preserve of academics, used to connect dozens rather than billions of users. There weren't many who predicted it would transform our world.

I would say I have taken substantive action to make things easier for people.

I think the best solution to this challenge, and I accept there is a challenge with homophobic bullying, is to make sure we get rid of the bullying rather than feeling we have to take kids out of our schools and teach then somewhere else. That would be the best approach.

I do not want Britain to turn its back on Europe or the rest of the world.

We are absolutely going to have to provide fiscal security to people; in other words, we are going to have to show the country and the world that the country can live within its means.

If freedom of movement is to be sustainable, then our publics must see it as freedom to move to work, rather than freedom to choose the most generous benefits.

I want to see genuine talent rewarded.

Working people of this country want economic security. The worst possible thing you can do for those families is bust the public finances, have some welfare system this country can't afford.

To simply argue that public spending must always go up and never be cut is irresponsible.

The Conservative party, the modern Conservative party, is on the side of people who want to work hard and get on.

I'm not one of those who thinks there is something inherently bad or inferior about watching television.

I believe in public services.

For families flying out of the U.K. for a winter getaway, airports should be the ideal place to pick up a bargain.

Nuclear power is cost-competitive with other low-carbon technology and is a crucial part of our energy mix, along with new sources of power such as shale gas.

It's perfectly reasonable in a coalition between two political parties that you get supporters of those parties you know stressing the things they want to stress.

Well British pension funds have not been investing the savings of British people in British infrastructure.

If the country's poorer, it's got less money.

It was the Conservatives who first protected people in the mills.

Just as we should never balance the budget on the backs of the poor, so it is an economic delusion to think you can balance it only on the wallets of the rich.

Believe me, I understand that most higher rate taxpayers are not the super-rich.

Every day, I genuinely count my blessings. One of the greatest things in life is to do a job you really enjoy.

The message I would say to China is, 'Carry on with the reform; carry on with the change you are making.'

I support gay marriage. I support gay marriage because I believe Conservatives support the institutions of commitment.

Every day as Chancellor I see alerts telling me of risks around the world.

Well you know I've attracted a lot of criticism by, for example, suggesting that child benefit should be taken away from higher rate taxpaying families.

Britain can choose, as others are, short term fixes and more stimulus. Or we can lead the world with long-term solutions to long-term problems.

I think you can look at the British economy with confidence.

If we leave the European Union, there will be an immediate economic shock that will hit financial markets. People will not know what the future looks like.

To all companies large and small, I would say this: the British economy is fundamentally strong; we are highly competitive, and we are open for business.