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We could never have done it without Martin's leadership, courage and quiet insistence that the past should not define the
We can learn a lot about a person if we know what types of things he or she talks about or comments on the most frequently. There are numerous topics with which Tony Blair is associated, including Saddam Hussein and Iraq. Most recently, Tony Blair has been quoted saying: “Immense gratitude for the part he played in the peace process. Whatever the past, the Martin I knew was a thoughtful, reflective and committed individual. Once he became the peacemaker he became it wholeheartedly and with no shortage of determined opposition to those who wanted to carry on the war.” in the article Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel turned politician, dies at 66.
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Labour has got to build out from the remain vote and reach out to those that are persuadable in the leave camp. It would be a fundamental strategic error to end up trying to go to the leave camp, and then trying to build out across the other way. Then you will end up not persuading the leave people, and alienating the remain

Increasingly the hard right ideologues who are really driving this are going to push us towards the position of: 'You know what? No deal is really fine'. At various points over the past 20-30 years sometimes it has seemed disloyal to talk about the Labour party being in bad shape but when it is in the situation it is today – seven years into a Tory government and losing safe Labour seats to the Conservatives – if you want your analysis of politics to retain any credibility, you have got to say the position is

The fact is that this was always a very difficult situation where any government would have to balance proper concern for civil liberties with desire to protect our security, and we were likely to be attacked whatever course we

Yes, the British people voted to leave Europe and I agree the will of the people should prevail. I accept right now there is no widespread appetite to rethink. But the people voted without knowledge of the terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind. Our mission is to persuade them to do

The road we're going down is not simply Hard Brexit, it is Brexit at any

The road we're going down is not simply 'hard Brexit'. It is 'Brexit at any cost'. Our challenge is to expose relentlessly what this cost is ... and to build support for finding a way out from the present rush over the cliff's

The people voted without knowledge of the terms of Brexit. As these terms become clear, it is their right to change their mind. Our mission is to persuade them to do so. This is not the time for retreat, indifference or despair, but the time to rise up in defense of what we believe. They're not driving this bus. They're being driven. You can like the messenger or not like the messenger, and this is a free country and I've got a right to speak. I know that there will be a volley of abuse that will come my way for

It does feel perilous, actually, because I think there are decisions that are being taken of vast moment in circumstances where systems are fragile. And that is

I'm not sure we're asking the right questions right now, never mind giving the right

There is, I think, a whole group of people who feel ignored by those in power, that is for sure true. There is more anger around in politics than for a long

We need to reflect very seriously before we take any decisions again to take military action without realising the consequences of those will live with all of us for many decades to come and have often incalculable consequences as a

I've said many times over these past years, I'll wait for the report and then I will make my views known and express myself fully and

The threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, chemical, biological, potentially nuclear weapon's capability, that threat is real. So the purpose of our discussion today is to work out the right strategy for dealing with this. Because deal we

It concludes Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, that Saddam continued to produce them, that he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons which could be activated within 45

It is claimed by some that by removing Saddam we caused the terrorism in the Middle East and that it would have been better to have left him in power. I profoundly

The decision to go to war in Iraq and to remove Saddam Hussein from power in a coalition of over 40 countries led by the United State of America was the hardest, most momentous, most agonizing decision I took in my 10 years as British Prime Minister. For that decision today, I accept full responsibility, without exception and without

I think the way she has just step by step, without losing the dignity of the monarchy, modernized it and you look at, you know, her grandchildren today and you think, these – Prince William and Prince Harry, I mean, they – for two young people put in that position, I mean it's pretty impressive, really the way they've managed to handle

When I grew up in politics, I hated hypocrisy pushing people to conceal their identity. And I saw the pain they felt because they could not be who they

I would like to dedicate this award to the people that work with and for my organisations. I feel the pulse of progress beating a little

The only way we're going to get an agreement to a transition, to a new form of government, a new dispensation for the country, is if neither side feels they can win the military battle and therefore realise that they are going to have to resolve it through negotiation. But over these past six to nine months I think the situation on the ground has shifted back towards the

I don't frankly think the issue is whether Iran's invited or not invited. The issue is, as I said, that we alter the balance of power on the ground so that President Assad knows that he's got to come to an agreement about the

For us in the West, what we've got to ask ourselves is how do we put the opposition in a position where they are going to be bargaining on equal terms? Now, the complicating factor of course is the opposition has also got elements within it that we feel deeply unhappy

Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of the country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was

How can you regret removing a monster who created enormous carnage?feedback

The short term thing that needs to happen is that all of it is de-escalated back down and that means that the rockets stop because if the rockets carry on, the Israeli airstrikes will carry on and what happens, as we've seen, is that in that there will be innocent Israeli civilians killed and innocent Palestinian civilians

Am I saying he's not a powerful figure in the media? Well no, of course he is, and, of course you're aware of what his views are, and that's why I say part of my job was to manage the situation so that you didn't get into a situation where you were shifting

No, no I'm joking. I am staying with my political family. I would be a socialist, but on the side of those who have change close to their

But whether that sense of possibility can be translated into something – that is something that needs to be worked at and thought about over

We need to get this result and I hope very much it can be done, but the 4 areas we set down we do need satisfied and we do need satisfied in

You have been a strong leader at a time when the world needed strong leadership, you have been unyielding and unflinching and determined in the fight we faced together and I thank you for

I may have been wrong. That's your call. But believe one thing if nothing else. I did what I thought was right for our country, and I came into office with high hopes for Britain's future – and you know, I leave it with even higher hopes for Britain's future. This is a country that can today be excited by the opportunities, not constantly fretful of the dangers. And people say to me: It's a tough job. Not really. A tough life is the life led by the young severely disabled children and their parents who visited me in Parliament the other

There are elements at least of the Iranian regime that are backing, financing, arming, and supporting terrorism in Iraq. I repeat that our forces are there specifically at the request of the Iraqi government, with the full authority of the

To the Iranian people I would simply say this, we bare you no ill will. On the contrary, we respect Iran as an ancient civilisation, as a nation with a proud and dignified history. And the disagreements we have with your government we wish to resolve peacefully through

One is to try to settle this by way of peaceful and calm negotiation, to get our people back as quickly as possible. The other is to make it clear that if that is not possible then we might have to take a tougher

People understand that this is a very clear situation. What I am trying to get across to the Iranian government is that there is no alternative but to release them and the longer it goes on, the more the pressure will be stepped

I hope we manage to get them to realise they have to release them. If not, then this will move into a different phase, but at the moment what we are trying to do is to make sure that that diplomatic initiative

I hope that this can be resolved over the next few days but the quicker it is resolved, the easier it will be for all of

Today Britain becomes the first country in the world to agree legally binding targets for reducing carbon emission for 2020 and then for

The basis upon which these elections go ahead should be very clear: it is that on the one side there is proper support for the rule of law, for the courts, the criminal justice system and the police, and on the other side a commitment to power sharing by the 26th of

But I think we are closer to that happening as a result of the decisions that have been taken by Sinn Fein and what we need to see is that, on the one side, there is the commitment to power sharing and on the other side there is the actual commitment translated into practice of support for the

Let's wait and see how this develops because for there to be elections, you need to know there is some chance to have a set of institutions that are actually going to be up and

If the international community really means what it says about supporting people who share the vision of a two-state solution, who are moderate, who are prepared to shoulder their repsponsibilities then now is the time for the international community to respond to the vision that you have set

I've reiterated our determination to stand full square behind you and the Iraqi people in ensuring that your democracy is not destroyed by terrorism, by sectarianism, by those who wish to live in hatred rather than

We support the police fully in dealing with the horror of this

It is important that we do everything that we can in the wider Middle East to bring about peace between Israel and the

Just at the moment to send an adverse signal to Turkey would be a serious mistake for Europe, long

A major part of the answer to Iraq lies not in Iraq itself, but outside it, in the whole of the region where the same forces are at work, where the roots of this global terrorism are to be found, where the extremism flourishes with propaganda that maybe indeed is totally false but is nevertheless attractive to much of the Arab

A major part of the answer to Iraq lies not in Iraq itself but outside it, in the whole of the region. This is what I call a whole Middle East strategy. And there is a fundamental misunderstanding that this is about changing policy on Syria and

I have been saying as you know for several years that this terrorist threat is very real. It's been building up over a long period of time, it's not just in this country, you have seen recently, for instance in India, France, other parts in the world. This is a threat that is growing up over a generation. I think she is absolutely right in saying that it will last a

The IRA has done what we've asked it to do. While issues such as policing remain to be resolved, the door is now open to a final settlement which is why the talks in Scotland next week are so

So it's up to you, you take my advice, you don't take it, it's your choice… but what ever you do, I'm always with you… head and heart… you've given me all that I've ever achieved and all that we have achieved for the country… Next year I will not be making this speech, but in the years to come wherever I am, whatever I do I'm with you… wishing you well, I'm wanting you to win… you're the future now, so make most of it….feedback

He's a remarkable man, a remarkable servant to this country and that is the

In politics, it's always about the next challenge, the truth is, you can't go on forever… that's why it's right that this is my last conference as leader and of course it's hard to let go, but it's also right to let go for the country and for you, the

The most important thing now for the future is that we stand with you and rebuild. But we will not be able to do that unless we deal with the root causes of what has happened. If we don't deal with the root causes, then innocent people will continue to

The next party conference in a couple of weeks will be my last party conference as party leader. The next TUC, next week, will be my last TUC, probably to the relief of both of us. But I'm not going to set a precise date now and I don't think that's right. I will do that at a future date and I will do it in the interests of the country and depending on the circumstances of the

We first of all make sure that we take account by the reasonable representations made by the Arab League and by Israel of course as well. Secondly we get the resolution down and agreed, tomorrow and do that without delay. Because it's important and that will call for the cessation of

This is an absolutely tragic situation but we have got to make sure that the discussion we are having and negotiations that we are conducting do lead to a genuine cessation of hostilities in a way that allows to put an end to them for

We have said absolutely all we have to say on this. There is nothing more to add to it. And I have to say the Council of Europe report adds absolutely nothing new whatever to the information we

The electricity in 10 Downing Street is supplied by a French company, the water by a German company, the gas by a choice of four companies -three of which are not British. I don't think that is a great problem for us any more. We moved to a liberalised market; We don't find it is a problem in the UK. And the point is that the more open the market is, the better it is for consumers right across

We take seriously any allegations of mistreatment, and those will be investigated very fully indeed. But I want to say to you that the overwhelming majority of British troops in Iraq as elsewhere behave properly are doing a great job for our country and the wider

Let's be very clear: this is not the ideal budget but this is the best that can be done now, or nearly the best that can be done now. Then let us all together – Commission, Council, Member States, European Parliament – work out how in the next few years we can build the consensus for a changed and reformed Europe in which the budget is a rational part of that future, not an unfortunate piece of horse trading!feedback

The rebate remains in full on all spending other than the spending for economic development in the new EU countries. In other words other than that money which we are investing in economic development for the future the rebate remains in

This is an agreement that allows Europe to move forward and demonstrate the right solidarity with the new member states, and for those of us who championed the enlargement of the EU, this is an important

In principle, everyone wants an agreement; In practice, everyone has got their own issues to do with it, so it is going to be

I can't agree a deal that doesn't allow the possibility of a fundamental review for this next financial budget

We propose specifically a European Research Council that is the equivalent of the American National Science Foundation that will support the funding ofresearch and development projects and gives us the chance in Europe to be forming world beating companies in the technologies of the

We have made an important step in the transition from conflict to peace in Northern

This is the moment we have been waiting for for a very long time. It has taken years of patience and perseverance and often of disappointment. But we have tried to carry on with unquenchable optimism to give Northern Ireland a better

We are today signalling a new approach for deportation orders. Let no one be in any doubt, the rules of the game are

Coming to Britain is not a right, and staying here carries with it a duty. That duty is to share and support the values of this

The Home Secretary today publishes new grounds for deportation and exclusion. Deportation is a decision taken by the Home Secretary under statute. The new grounds will include fostering hatred, advocating violence to further a person's beliefs or justifying or validating such

I welcome the commitment by the IRA to end its armed campaign and to complete the process of decommissioning and to use exclusively peaceful

This may be the day when finally, after all the false dawns and dashed hopes, peace replaced war, politics replaces

When it says that it will commit its volunteers to democratic and peaceful means and forbid them to be involved in any other activity whatsoever, what part of 'any activity whatsoever' do the leaders not understand?feedback

Unionists will want to know that the circumstances are permanent and verified. But if they are, then proper, devolved democratic government should be restored to Northern

I restated very clearly, the position to the prime minister, that the signing of the Ankara protocol does not involve the recognition of

The prospect of Turkey's membership – although obviously at some time in the future – will be important for Europe and its

And one other thing I would like to say while I'm on this subject if I might, neither have they any justification for killing people in Israel either. Let's just get that out of the way as well. There is no justification for suicide bombing whether in Palestine, Iraq, in London, Egypt, in Turkey, anywhere, in the USA, there is no justification for it.

The one thing I think it is very important to recognise is that our security services and our police, partly through the joint terrorism assessement centre, do an enormous amount of work in gathering information not just from our own country but from all different parts of the world. I am satisfied that they do everything that is possible in order to protect our

We fully understand that we must work much better with the police and the security services and there is a massive appetite up and down the country from the British Muslim community to take responsibility and

What we are confronting here is an evil ideology….it is not a clash of civilisations- all civilised people, Muslim or other, feel revulsion at it. But it is a global

The spirit of London 2012 will be the best of the spirit of the Olympic

The great thing about an election is that you go out and you talk to people for week upon

The Attorney General's advice was necessary in order to say the war could proceed lawfully. Contrary to the stuff that's been in the papers and in the past few days. He actually did advise that it was lawful to proceed on the 7th of March and on the 17th of

I'm sorry I can't do that. I'm very sorry. If you want me to say that I regret the decision to go to conflict, I can't do that for

It is very hard when you come in after 18 years of opposition. People have this tremendous sense that everything suddenly is going to be put right and I suppose in a sense – even me, myself, was sort of swept along with that. I just hope in 2005, if you do a balance sheet, it is not all

What we're trying to do is bring back community policing to today's world and to have a visible uniformed presence on the streets, and make sure that's combined with the new leglislation on anti-social behaviour and crime. Its helps take back control of the community for the law-abiding majority because it's only ever a small minority of people that cause the

Over the past seven or eight years I think people have learnt not just to trust the management of the economy that Gordon has achieved but also to recognise that without that foundation of economic stability, nothing else can be

There is a sense of hope about progress but as we all know hope is one thing and translating it into reality is another and I hope the conference in London can play a part in

There are people who feel passionately that hunting is integral to their way of life, there are people who feel equally passionately that it's barbaric and

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