I look forward to the day when the Westminster Parliament is just a council chamber in Europe

— Kenneth Clarke

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I am sorry to upset my colleagues by saying we wasted four years in opposition, but if you do get so badly defeated as a party you do have to face up to some painful facts and you do have to change.

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Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries.

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I am certainly not a blogger. Quite a large proportion of them are nuts and extremists - with the honourable exception of the culture secretary.

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Of course I'd have loved to be Prime Minister. But I'm not nursing a grievance.

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It would be immoral to walk away from the consequences of our actions, leaving behind anarchy and civil war in Iraq.

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I trust that whoever leads the Conservative Party actually pays regard to my advice on how we should conduct ourselves and I personally will obviously support whoever eventually wins.

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The political health of Britain has deteriorated very sharply.

The Conservative Party must do something about it. I am the man to do it.

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I am getting frustrated by the fact that we have been out of office for eight years. I desperately want to lead the Conservative Party to make quicker progress back into power.

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However, we do not lack anti-terrorist laws.

I do not believe that the recent London bombs were the result of any deficiencies in our legal system.

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The Conservative Party have got to ask themselves, 'How do we persuade people who at the moment are voting Labour and Liberal Democrat to vote Conservative

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In these home affairs things I think occasionally it's the duty of politicians on both sides to turn round to the tabloids and right-wing newspapers and say 'you have your facts wrong and you're whipping up facts which are inaccurate

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I don't think at my age... you can start ruling people out in politics.

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About Kenneth Clarke

Quotes 21 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Politician
Birthday October 16

I have acquired a deep and abiding respect for all those engaged in the difficult business of commerce.

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The Blair government has lowered the standing of politics and politicians in our country.

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My sense is that the majority of Conservatives share my reservations about how we got into Iraq.

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I have certainly not got re-elected to retire, and I shall certainly start trying to push my influence in politics as far as I possibly can

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I cannot remember a time in opposition - I am talking about the last four years - when we have done less work on policy and more on slogans. But because of my European views I wasn't allowed to participate.

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If the prime minister really believes it, he must be the only person left who thinks that the recent bombs in London had no connection at all with his policy in Iraq.

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A balanced tone on Europe will free us to address in depth the domestic, economic and social agenda which we neglected throughout the last parliament.

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I have never read it. You should not waste your time.

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