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" A generous basic state pension is the least a civilized society should offer those who have worked hard and saved through their whole lives. "
" I didn't come from a traditional Tory background; it was urban and metropolitan. "
" The wish to pass something on to your children is about the most basic, human and natural aspiration there is. "
" 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. "
" If we leave the European Union it's a risk to our economy - it's a risk to pensioners, it's a risk to homeowners, it's a risk to people in work. "
" We don't see a choice between securing growth and investment and raising human rights issues. "
" There were some who wanted all the benefits of E.U. membership without any of the costs. I'm not sure that's very realistic. "
" 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. "
" I've learned to be true to yourself, stick to the big arguments, don't get distracted by the everyday kerfuffle that is in the nature of any democratic system. "
" I want to see genuine talent rewarded. "
" I would say I have taken substantive action to make things easier for people. "
" Providing great schooling is the single most important thing we can do to help any child from a disadvantaged background succeed. It's also the single most important thing we can do to boost the long-term productivity of our economy. "
" If the E.U. allows itself to be priced out of the world economy, the next generation will not get jobs, living standards will decline, and the Union will lose the popular consent of the people of Europe. "
" Britain has no divine right to be one of the richest countries in the world. "
" I'm tempted to say that Conservative governments are normally elected to clear up the mess left by Labour governments. "
" Cutting budget deficits can never be just an exercise in economics. "
" Only the U.K. can trigger Article 50. And in my judgement, we should only do that when there is a clear view about what new arrangements we are seeking with our European neighbours. "
" You cannot tackle Britain's debts without tackling the unreformed welfare system. "
" Unless they have disabilities to cope with, no family should get more from living on benefits than the average family gets from going out to work. No more open-ended chequebook. "
" It's normally the kiss of death to be identified as a rising star, or someone to watch. "
" Of course the Liberal Democrats are going to say things to try and get attention - but I don't think the country is paying much attention. "
" I think the British people have a strong sense of what is fair. "
" I'm a very happy, content member of David Cameron's team. I fought very hard to get my friend elected as leader of the Conservative party, then elected as the prime minister of this country, and I'm very happy being part of that team that is bringing change to this country. "
" 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. "
" If we don't get a grip on government spending, there will be no growth. "
" Britain has always been a home to the vulnerable, and we've always done what we need to do to help people who are fleeing persecution. "
" Believe me, I understand that most higher rate taxpayers are not the super-rich. "
" I don't want to watch 'Newsnight.' I just don't understand those politicians who genuinely want to watch it for pleasure. "
" I'm not going out to parties every night. "
" In football, as in politics, resilience pays off. "
" I get a lot of letters from people. "