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Born: 1967-10-26
Profession: Politician
Nation: British
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Building the future holds more attraction than ancestor worship, whichever ancestor we're talking about.

Tags: Building, Future, Talking

Change is a process: future is a destination. People want a sense of hope, possibility and pride about Britain.

Tags: Change, Future, Hope

For me, fiscal realism is not a betrayal of Labour values; it is the foundation by which we win the trust of the public.

Tags: Betrayal, Trust, Win

If you talk to most people under 30, they don't read a newspaper.

Tags: Newspaper, Read, Talk

Historically, Labour has used technology as a form of control. We would use pagers and faxes to send out messages telling people what line to take. The key learning from the Obama campaign is to use technology to empower your supporters.

Tags: Control, Learning, Technology

In an era of billion-person countries and trillion-pound economies, we need to find ways to amplify our voice. We are most likely to be heard when the Chinese negotiate with a £10 trillion E.U., not a £1.5 trillion Britain.

Tags: Heard, Voice, Ways

It is already clear that, because of advances in technology, drones are going to play an increased role in warfare in the years ahead. It is therefore vital that the legal frameworks governing their use are robust and internationally recognised.

Tags: Legal, Technology

It was here in Edinburgh that in the 1980s I joined with many others to protest against Margaret Thatcher as she arrived to address the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Tags: Against, Here, Others

There's no doubt that what has emerged in the years after 9/11, unlike the situation in Britain, there were practices sanctioned in the U.S. that fall far below the standard of conduct that should have taken place. It is for the American system of government, in all of its branches, to address that. It is not for a British politician.

Tags: After, Doubt, Government

Too often, the idea seemed to be that the cost of being part of Europe was being less like Britain. So after years of fighting to defend Europe against attacks from the Eurosceptic right, it would be fatal to retreat into the same arguments and begin the battle anew.

Tags: After, Battle, Fighting

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