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But if we can work with people in other parties to get the right answer for the country we'll do that.
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For the most part our grassroots members are serious, nice, tolerant people.
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I feel fantastically excited that we have a leader who fought for the leadership without compromising his quite challenging view that the party has to change.
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I grew up in this party, I'm proud of it, and I love it. I just hate the fact that we don't win; that we can't serve our country in Government.
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I think you'll find that the membership of all the other parties is much higher than the average age of the electorate.
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I'm in the teatime of my career, if people want to treat me like that that's fine.
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If we do what we think is right, not try to point-score, people will begin to trust us.
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If we want to change what people think of us, then we have got to change.
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If you draw a line through Birmingham we lost support above that line and we lost support among voters under 35 so we are now third in that group.
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It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain.
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It is simply the view, and a view I think shared by most members of the party, that it is very difficult to have a leader that does not command the support of the parliamentary party.
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It was great that we won some more seats back, it gives us a stronger base in the House of Commons and that is really good.
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Our members are very much maligned. Obviously the average age is 60 something, but they all have children and grandchildren, they understand what we need to do, they want to win.
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Our party believes in diversity, not uniformity.
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Our party believes in letting people make their own choices and live their own lives.
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Our party believes in the family.
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Our party has known great, great days. But we have no God-given right to survive, let alone to succeed.
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Our party's committed to tackling failing schools and cutting crime.
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Our share of the vote overall rose by less than 1 per cent - yes, that's right: less than 1 per cent.
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So our problem is not Labour, it is us, is making us attractive enough to gain disillusioned Labour support and to compete effectively with the Lib Dems for those loose votes.
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That's why I think our fundamental problem today is that people attribute to us, values that are not good values.
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The parliamentary party can get rid of a leader but under current rules can't elect a leader and that is problematic.
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The party at its best has always been a modern party.
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The problem we have is not Labour, in however it is configured.
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They don't think we're in touch with modern Britain, or understand modern Britain or like modern Britain.
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We can't sit back and do nothing when we're incapable of carrying our message and our purpose into large parts of the country.
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We need to show that we know and understand and can reflect today's Britain. Today we don't.
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We said in our 21st Century Party paper there are 61 mosaic groups, which the market research people use as different socio-economic categories and half of our members come from just five of those groups and that is very narrow - too narrow.
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We should be the natural home for people in our cities. But we're not. Because too often we've sounded as if we're just a countryside party.
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We should be the natural home for the millions of Britons of immigrant origin. But we're not. Because too often we've sounded like people who wish they hadn't come here at all.
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We should be the natural home for young mothers. But we're not. Because too often we sound like people who think the only good mother is a married mother.
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We should be the natural home for younger voters. But today we're not. Because too often we sound like people who just don't like contemporary Britain.
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Well we've seen the amount of money that people save in this country falling, and dramatically, by as much as a quarter already.
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What did Thatcher do? She modernised the party, she made it the more forward looking of the two parties in 1979.
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Within three minutes of David Cameron winning the leadership election we had changed the front page of the Tory website.
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