Obviously a Conservative government will always leave taxes lower than they have been under Labour. Those things go with the territory of the Conservative Party.

Turning away Turkey from the EU would be a great, long-term - a century-long - error by Europe.

When we have a Deputy Prime Minister who tells people not to drive cars but has two Jags himself, and where the Minister who tells people not to have two homes turns out to have nine himself no wonder the public believe politicians are hypocrites.

People feel that the EU is a one-way process, a great machine that sucks up decision-making from national parliaments to the European level until everything is decided by the EU. That needs to change.

To the teacher weighed down with paperwork, I say: you've been messed around too often. You came into teaching to spend your time teaching children not filling in forms.

I'm not, nor is anybody I know in government part of a nasty right wing clique.

It's really necessary for the United States to continue to give strong leadership to the Middle East peace process, supported by European countries at the same time.

The low carbon economy is at the leading edge of a structural shift now taking place globally.

Someone once claimed I was not really a Yorkshireman!

It must be quite rare for an interviewer to be interviewed.

It's necessary for Israelis and Palestinians to make the compromises that are required to get the direct talks back on track.

You can gain in your effectiveness as a politician from a wide acquaintance with the world and from a degree of independence that having some outside interests gives.

I still agree with the invasion of Iraq. I don't agree with most of the decisions that accompanied it.

Syria should not belong to one family, to one coterie, or to one party. It belongs to all the people of Syria equally, in all their religious and ethnic diversity.

I believe we should reframe our response to climate change as an imperative for growth rather than merely being a way of being green or meeting environmental commitments.

The EU should be concentrated on adapting to globalisation and global competitiveness, not building more powerful centralised institutions in Brussels.

You have to have as many defences in place as you possibly can. But even then of course - and it's important to stress this - you cannot guarantee being able to prevent every attack or every kind of attack.

To the hard-working people who set a little bit aside each month, to provide for their children, or to fund their own retirement, I say: you should be rewarded not punished.

Yes, I've never inherited a penny!

In my view what you can't argue for is a system that is neither decisive nor proportional and can be indecisive and disproportionate at the same time.

Very few conflicts in the history of the world have been satisfactorily concluded according to a published timetable, because you lose all flexibility in dealing with your opponents.

The appalling crackdown that we witnessed in Hama and other Syrian cities on 30 and 31 July only erode the regime's legitimacy and increase resentment. In the absence of an end to the senseless violence and a genuine process of political reform, we will continue to pursue further EU sanctions.

Those who back the Syrian regime from now on will find themselves in an even more isolated and indefensible minority.

The Bill of Rights was intended to secure freedom of speech - the freedom of speech of members of parliament to speak freely rather than be at threat of... the threat of an over powerful monarch at the time.

I have always thought that foreign-policy idealism has to be tempered with realism.

I think the way things have been left after Iraq is that people won't believe the Government of the day, so they have to know that lessons have been learnt and that all political parties and people, whether they were for or against the invasion of Iraq, have learnt lessons.

There's only one growth strategy: work hard.

I gave up lots of things I love doing: writing, and business, and playing the piano and so on.

Ambition is best tempered with self-knowledge!

The British retreat is over and now the advance will begin.

I think Britain would be alright, if only we had a different Government.

You can see over time whether people are prepared to differ or not.

The EU is not a country and it's not going to become a country, in my view, now or ever in the future. It is a group of countries working together.

Let's not be afraid to speak the common sense truth: you can't have high standards without good discipline.

Labour have been listening for too long to the so-called experts who think that competition is a dirty word and that communicating facts to our children is elitist.

Governments that block the aspirations of their people, that steal or are corrupt, that oppress and torture or that deny freedom of expression and human rights should bear in mind that they will find it increasingly hard to escape the judgement of their own people, or where warranted, the reach of international law.

Inspiring scenes of people taking the future of their countries into their own hands will ignite greater demands for good governance and political reform elsewhere in the world, including in Asia and in Africa.

We have to face the reality of climate change. It is arguably the biggest threat we are facing today.

I'm going to reduce the size of the Cabinet, cut the number of ministers, reduce the size of the House of Commons, campaign for a European Parliament with 100 fewer members, halve the number of political advisers, and abolish a huge swathe of Labour's regional bureaucracies and agencies and their offices in Brussels.

Elected presidents are for countries.

Governments that use violence to stop democratic development will not earn themselves respite forever. They will pay an increasingly high price for actions which they can no longer hide from the world with ease, and will find themselves on the wrong side of history.

Britain does not normally these days play a huge part in peacekeeping.

There is no budget for travel for a Shadow Foreign Secretary.

When you reduce taxes on higher earners it's vital to be reducing them on lower earning people as well so the nation shares in the approach.

I've always been opposed myself to prisoners having the vote.

A generation of children has been betrayed.

Today further EU targeted sanctions on Syria come into force. The message is clear and unambiguous: those responsible for the repression will be singled out and held accountable.

The message I take all round the world is Britain is open for business.

The war in Iraq, clearly has not turned out in the way that was hoped.