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Labour Party Quotes


"I did not enter the Labour Party 47 years ago to have our manifesto written by Dr Mori, Dr Gallup and Mr Harris" - Tony Benn

"Our party: New Labour. Our mission: new Britain. New Labour new Britain." - Tony Blair

"People can say what they want in the Labour Party." - Michael Foot

"Abortion is an issue of conscience for the Labour party." - Diane Abbott

"We need people like me in the Labour party." - Alan Johnson

"I think the truth is that the Labour Party isn't believed any more because people suspect it will say anything to get votes. The rebuilding of some radical alternatives to Thatcherism - and by that I mean all-party Thatcherism - will require us to do some very difficult things" - Tony Benn

"A Labour party is not a debating club, it is a party of action." - Karl Radek

"In the end, the Labour party could cease to represent labour. Stranger historic ironies have happened than that." - Enoch Powell

"We will renew our party, to rebuild our land - and we will do it by being a better Labour, real Labour, Scottish Labour." - Johann Lamont

"I am in the Labour Party because I am a feminist. I am in the Labour Party because I believe in equality." - Harriet Harman

"The labour Party has lost the last four elections. If they lose another, they get to keep the liberal party." - Clive Anderson

"It would be as unthinkable to try to construct the Labour Party without Marx as it would to be to establish university faculties of astronomy,anthropology or psychology without permitting the study of Copernicus, Darwin or Freud, and still expect such faculties to be taken seriously" - Tony Benn

"I've never known a time when the in-fighting in the Labour Party was so bitter." - Roy Hattersley

"They [the Labour Party] are not fit to manage a whelk stall." - Winston Churchill

"The Labour Party is going about the country stirring up apathy." - William Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw

"The Labour Party is a moral crusade or it is nothing." - Harold Wilson

"The Labour Party is and always has been an instinctive part of my life" - Roy Jenkins

"The Labour Party believes in turning workers against owners; we believe in turning workers into owners." - Margaret Thatcher

"I do not often attack the Labour Party, they do it so well themselves." - Edward Heath

"I have never been in favour of expelling people from the Labour Party." - Michael Foot

"I want a Labour Party that is more democratic, more open and listens to its members." - Diane Abbott

"The Labour Party should oppose the Government arms plan root and branch." - Aneurin Bevan

"My Scottish Labour Party is a crusade - to fight poverty, inequality and injustice." - Johann Lamont

"Thus in such a Labour Party there can be no question of independent policy." - Karl Radek

"People know where I stand in the Labour party and what I believe in." - Tony Blair

"What people should understand is that I adore the Labour party." - Tony Blair

"I have considered voting Conservative because I am so against the Labour party." - Vivienne Westwood

"Remember the No campaign is Conservative people, Labour people, people of no party." - William Hague

"I believe whoever the Labour Party chooses to replace Tony Blair will beat David Cameron." - David Blunkett

"The Labour Party is and always has been an instinctive part of my life." - Roy Jenkins

"Ive been really clear that my first job as leader of the Labour Party and co-leader of the labour movement is to engage with our base." - David Cunliffe

"I've been really clear that my first job as leader of the Labour Party and co-leader of the labour movement is to engage with our base." - David Cunliffe

"Is Tony Blair of the Labour party? The answer to that is profoundly 'yes', but that is not how, sentimentally, he is regarded in the Labour movement generally." - Neil Kinnock

"I must emphasise that there is nothing in the Labour Party constituion that could, or should prevent people from holding opinions which favour Leninist-Trotskyism. Certainly Marxism has, and will continue to have an important function in the Labour Party." - Neil Kinnock

"I joined the Labour Party not because it was Left Wing, but because it was definitely internationalists and would seem to be the group in the Labour Party which would serve my purpose best for propaganda along internationalist lines." - Norman Angell

"I've said in the primary race repeatedly that a Labour Party that I lead would be a true red Labour Party, be very clear about its social democratic roots and its social democratic agenda." - David Cunliffe

"And, I hope now that everybody understands that the Labour Party - as it always has done - stands for free speech and individual Members of the Labour Party are entitled to exercise that free speech." - Ron Davies

"I was a Labour Party man but I found myself to the left of the Labour party in Nelson, militant as that was. I came to London and in a few months I was a Trotskyist." - C L R James

"I was brought up and raised in Britain as a Labour man, and that quickly changed. And I find there are more working-class people in the Conservative Party than the Labour party." - John Lydon

"She had heard someone say something about an Independent Labour Party, and was furious that she had not been asked." - Evelyn Waugh

"Our long-term objective is clear: to replace the Labour Party as the progressive wing of politics in this country." - Jo Grimond

"Labour Party members must all be free to criticise and oppose injustice and abuse wherever we find it." - Jeremy Corbyn

"The 1973 Labour Conference will have before it the most radical programme the Party has prepared since 1945." - Tony Benn

"The Scottish Labour Party, while I have breath in my body, will listen to the views of trade unionists." - Johann Lamont

"The solution is not to reinvent ourselves, not to ape the Labour Party or the Liberal Democrats." - Malcolm Rifkind

"The Labour Party has become consumed by collective bile towards... the Liberal Democrats. That portrays a rather nasty arrogance." - Nick Clegg

"I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country." - Tony Blair

"Labour is the party of law and order in Britain today. Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime." - Tony Blair

"I know that the right kind of political leader for the Labour Party is a desiccated calculating machine." - Aneurin Bevan

"I've been in the Labour Party 50 years and it's 40-odd since I was elected to Parliament" - Roy Hattersley

"The Tories are now the party of rural areas and Labour essentially is in the big cities" - Vince Cable

"If the Labour party goes back to reasserting its socialist and democratic beliefs, that's where I belong." - Shirley Williams

"The Labour party has never been a socialist party, although there have always been socialists in it - a bit like Christians in the Church of England." - Tony Benn

"The Labour Party is the sister Party for the Democrats and their progressive views are the ones that we are most aligned with." - Harriet Harman

"The Libertarian Party is a shameful party" - Dennis Prager

"The National Party is a dying party." - Tony Windsor

"There is little or no point being chair of the Labour Party and being ignored when engaging with Labour ministers when you're trying to articulate something that affects ordinary people in society." - Colm Keaveney

"We in the Labour party owe it to the people we represent to make sure that we offer a choice at the next election between our Labour values and those of the Conservatives." - Lucy Powell

"I come from a generation of sceptics, who do not believe what politicians say. The Labour Party wants to convince people through actions, not words. The Nationalist party have given the country 25 years of lies, the Labour Party will build the country anew." - Joseph Muscat

"When Blair was elected leader of the Labour Party, he said, "New Labour is a new political party" - that was the phrase he used, and I'm so glad he said it because he set up his own party and I'm not a member of it." - Tony Benn

"I support a constitutional conversation, as the Labour Party does, which will allow New Zealanders to evolve a more mature and stable constitutional form, but that's not something that I, as Labour Party, would want to impose, either on the party or on the public." - David Cunliffe

"I don't really party." - Seann William Scott

"In my view it is better for the Labour Party, the leadership and the new prime minister that he be given the maximum flexibility." - John Richard Reid

"I hope you have read the election programme of the Labour Party...this is not socialism. It is Bolshevism run mad." - Edward Snowden

"Why did I desert Labour? Total bloody disillusionment. The party was a corpse. It had no ideology, it became detached, old, spineless and needed to go." - John Le Carre

"The trouble with the Labour Party is that they don't really believe in Socialism, but they cannot wholeheartedly approve of private enterprise either." - Jo Grimond

"I deeply regret the damage which recent publicity has brought to the Labour Party. However, I reject any suggestion of intentional wrongdoing on my part." - Wendy Alexander

"The Labour Party can go into the next election united behind the most radical manifesto on which we have ever campaigned." - Roy Hattersley

"In the Members' Dining Room, the Conservatives eat at one end, the Labour Party at the other, while the Liberals wait at table." - Gyles Brandreth

"I hope you have read the election programme of the Labour Party...this is not socialism. It is Bolshevism run mad." - Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden

"I did not enter the Labour Party forty-seven years ago to have our manifesto written by Dr. Mori, Dr. Gallup and Mr. Harris." - Tony Benn

"I can stand here today, leader of the Labour Party, Prime Minister, and say to the British people: you have never had it so... prudent." - Tony Blair

"If you can tell me there are no adulterers on the front bench of the Labour Party you can talk to me about Profumo." - Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham of St Marylebone

"Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite. As leader it is my continued commitment to dedicate our party's activity to that goal." - Wes Streeting

"Full and unhesitating implementation of the report's findings must now follow. I call upon the Labour Party to guarantee that there will be zero tolerance of antisemitism." - Ephraim Mirvis

"I can stand here today, leader of the Labour Party, Prime Minister, and say to the British people: you have never had it so ... prudent." - Tony Blair

"In general, if signs of sectarianism do appear in a Socialist Party, these are only the products of the absence of a broad Labour movement in the country." - Karl Radek

"What I've said in the past is that I want the Labour Party to approach this matter on the basis of unity." - Ron Davies

"In a way I'm almost more rueful about the notion of having a non-ideological Labour party than I am about the personality of Tony Blair." - Robert Harris

"My first real experience of ambition was as party leader. It was my ambition for Labour to win, in which event I would be prime minister." - Neil Kinnock

"I am absolutely delighted to give my full support to Gordon as the next leader of the Labour Party and as prime minister and to endorse him fully." - Tony Blair

"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" - Kenneth Clarke

"Billions raised, billions spent. No idea where the money has gone. With a record like that the chancellor should be running for treasurer of the Labour Party." - David Cameron

"The trade unions and the Labour Party... failed miserably. Instead of giving concrete support, and calling upon workers to take industrial action, they did nothing." - Arthur Scargill

"We in the Labour party know better than most that opposition is the easy part. What's more difficult is governing and setting out an agenda for government." - Lucy Powell

"Obviously a Conservative government will always leave taxes lower than they have been under Labour. Those things go with the territory of the Conservative Party." - William Hague

"When it comes to getting more women into parliament, politicians have at least started to take active measures. The British Labour Party introduced all-female shortlists in 1997." - Noreena Hertz

"I make no apology for saying that in the East End of London a new party of labour, with a small L, is being born" - George Galloway

"In 1925, when Britain went back to the gold standard, that was supported by the Conservative Party, the Labour Party, the Bank of England, the civil service, the CBI, the TUC, the Times, the Economist; that consensus was very strong." - Ed Balls

"The standing orders of the Parliamentary Party, however, apply to me, apply to every other Member of the Parliamentary Labour Party and they put into a context the way in which those rights to freedom of speech should be exercised." - Ron Davies

"I am the 'change Britain' candidate. We can only change Britain through a united Labour Party and I am the unity candidate. I have got support from the Left and the Right of the party." - David Miliband

"The combination of the Liberal and Labour Parties is much stronger than the Liberal Party would be if there were no third Party in existence. Many men who would in that case have voted for us voted on this occasion as the Labour Party told them i.e. for the Liberals. The Labour Party has "come to stay"...the existence of the third Party deprives us of the full benefits of the 'swing of the pendulum', introduces a new element into politics and confronts us with a new difficulty." - Austen Chamberlain

"When you're gay every party is a bad sweater party." - Gary Gulman

"The Republican Party has become an ethnic nationalist party." - David Brooks

"The Republican Party is no longer the Republican Party." - Michael T. Flynn

"The Democratic Party is no longer the Democratic Party." - Michael T. Flynn

"The Republican Party, right now, is a conservative populist party." - Mara Liasson

"The fastest growing political party is no party." - Chuck Todd

"The Democratic Party is the party of the status quo." - Jack Kemp

"I only follow one party: the Vietnamese party." - Ho Chi Minh

"If I want to party, I'll party at my house." - Shia Labeouf

"The Democratic Party is not the party of reform." - Richard Lamm

"We are a unified party." - David Axelrod

"All I do is party." - Shelby Lynne

"Study hard, but party harder." - Nicole Polizzi

"There ain't no party like a Liz Lemon party 'cause a Liz Lemon party is mandatory!" - LIZ

"We have a two-party system: The Democratic Party, which is a party of NO ideas, and the Republican Party, which is a party of BAD ideas." - Lewis Black

"Is the Labour Party to remain a democratic party in which the right of free criticism and free debate is not merely tolerated but encouraged? Or are the rank and file of the party to be bludgeoned or cowed into an uncritical subservience towards the leadership?" - Michael Foot

"The programme of the British Labour Party under Neil Kinnock is so wildly irresponsible, so separate and apart from the historic NATO strategy, that I think a Labour government that stood by its present policies and I rather doubt that they would would, if it didn't destroy the Alliance, at least diminish its effective ability to do the task for which it was created." - Richard Perle

"My passionate belief is in the role of movements to achieve political power to transform society. In this country, we talk about the Labour movement, of which the Labour Party is the wing of government for the interests of people we were set up to champion." - Owen Jones

"The Labour Party is being led by a woman but she has not been elected to anything. She is the lady who makes the breakfast in the Kinnock household." - Edwina Currie

"The domination of capitalism globally depends today on the existence of a Chinese Communist party that gives delocalized capitalist enterprises cheap labour to lower prices and deprive workers of the rights of self-organization." - Jacques Ranciere

"There are plenty of people who don't want change - the Labour Party, some of their militant trade union friends like Unite busy causing strikes at the very beginning of a fragile recovery." - George Osborne

"It is time Britain put its trust back into the Labour Party. I believe I am the candidate that can make this happen precisely because I am not associated with the past." - Diane Abbott

"Thatcher had broken the miners' union, all but crushed the Labour Party, dramatically cut back the welfare state, even flirted with a poll tax. In the circles I ran in, Reagan was mocked as a childish dolt. Thatcher was despised." - Jon Weisman

"Powers that are constitutionally there can be used but the Scottish Labour Party is not planning to raise income tax and once the power is given it is like any parish council: it's got the right to exercise it." - Tony Blair

"What almost halved the support for the Labour Party was the feeling that it has lost its traditional common sense and its humanity to a new breed of sectarian extremism." - Denis Healey

"I was elected leader of our party, for a new kind of politics, by 60% of Labour members and supporters. The need for that different approach now is greater than ever." - Wes Streeting

"The comments by the Leader of the Labour Party [Jeremy Corbyn] at the launch, however they were intended, are themselves offensive, and rather than rebuilding trust among the Jewish community, are likely to cause even greater concern." - Ephraim Mirvis

"It is beyond belief that someone could come to the launch of a report on antisemitism in the Labour Party and espouse such vile conspiracy theories about Jewish people." - Ruth Smeeth

"I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60% of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today's vote on Brexit has no constitutional legitimacy." - Jeremy Corbyn

"We need a good strong opposition and I don't know whether it's any coincidence that we need Angela Eagle in Labour and we need Theresa May to lead the Conservative party, both of whom of course are women." - Anna Soubry

"I shall not rest until, once again, the destinies of our people and our party are joined together again in victory at the next general election Labour in its rightful place in government again." - Tony Blair

"I became a Conservative in the late 1980s because I could see that the Conservative party had transformed Britain's economy and our standing in the world compared to Labour in the 1980s." - Andrew Lansley

"Now, many of us in the Labour Party are conservationists - and we all love the red squirrel. But there is one ginger rodent which we never want to see again - Danny Alexander." - Harriet Harman

"I've been a member of the Labour Party sixty five years, and I remain in it, but I think it's all about campaigning for justice and peace, and if you do that, you get a lot of support." - Tony Benn

"First of all it has never been the case that I have threatened people with expulsion or that I've threatened to throw people out of the Parliamentary Labour Party." - Ron Davies

"Now, I think that in acknowledging that every individual Member of Parliament and indeed every individual member of the Labour Party, has rights to express their view in a spirit of tolerance." - Ron Davies

"My own view is that if you filled every member of the parliamentary Labour party with a truth drug and lashed them to a polygraph lie detector, very, very few of them would support foundation hospitals." - Frank Dobson

"Well, I feel that everybody in the country knows me. I think people know who I am, and that I'm deputy leader of the Labour party, and that I'm out there talking about their big choice for the future." - Harriet Harman

"The Labour Party of today has fits of horrors of the very thought of somebody like me might saying that they bought in white Australia. But I believe they did." - Colleen Mccullough

"I'm still batting away on my politics for the Labour Party. I'm much further to the left of them than I used to be, but that's because they've moved, not me." - Billy Bragg

"For six and a half years, I had responsibility for leading the Labour party policy on education and delivering on our promise of improved opportunities for all our children." - David Blunkett

"I am nothing if not a loyalist. After 46 years in the Labour party, I've grown weary of the cry: 'If only we had a new, shining, revamped leader, all would be well.'" - David Blunkett

"We have arrived at the point where the public are right in thinking that John Prescott no longer serves a purpose in governing the country, only a purpose in trying to hold together the fragile peace in the Labour Party" - Andrew Lansley

"John Prescott has made the government look greedy and ridiculous. Labour is seen as the corrupt party. The government has been fulfilling the old rule that oppositions do not win elections, governments lose them." - William Rees-Mogg

"The Labour party has done more than any other to address gender inequalities, through legislation and other means, and to increase women's representation in politics, which has led to recent increases in the number of female politicians." - Lucy Powell

"Following the rise of the Labour Party it seemed reasonable, in 1927, to expect, or at least hope, that co-operation for the common good might gradually replace the competitiveness of capitalism." - Dora Russell

"All the people you have killed, all the lies you have told have come back to haunt you and the best thing the Labour Party can do is sack you tomorrow morning." - George Galloway

"So there clearly is a sense in which the Labour Party here, certainly at State level is reaching out and connecting with people and reflecting the aspirations and needs of, you know the mass of ordinary Australians." - Patricia Hewitt

"We just have to be crystal clear that if we were to abandon all the reforms made over some very painful years in the Labour party, we would be consigned back to opposition." - Patricia Hewitt

"There can be no rise in the value of labour without a fall of profits." - David Ricardo

"I've been on the left of the Party since I joined it about 1934 and I haven't seen much reason for altering...I have always been a strong libertarian both inside the Labour Party and outside...what I want to seek to do over a period of course is to establish a Socialist society." - Michael Foot

"Politics is tricky, especially in Jamaica. There are two parties, JLP [Jamaica Labour Party] and PNP [People's National Party], and if I went for one, I would upset supporters of the other. I stay as far from politics as I can." - Usain Bolt

"We are keenly in sympathy with the representatives of Labour. We have too few of them in the House of Commons....The Liberal party, high and low, have discovered, if they ever forgot it, that the real road to success...lies in adhering to the old principles of the party." - Henry Campbell-Bannerman

"Until today I had made no public comment about Jeremy's [Corbyn] ability to lead our party, but the fact that he failed to intervene is final proof for me that he is unfit to lead, and that a Labour Party under his stewardship cannot be a safe space for British Jews." - Ruth Smeeth

"We are keenly in sympathy with the representatives of Labour. We have too few of them in the House of Commons. ...The Liberal party, high and low, have discovered, if they ever forgot it, that the real road to success...lies in adhering to the old principles of the party." - Henry Campbell-Bannerman

"Actually, I don't ever think there will be a men-only team of leadership in the Labour party again. People would look at it and say, 'What? Are there no women in the party to be part of the leadership? Do men want to do it all themselves?' It just won't happen again." - Harriet Harman

"We must draw on our early roots and remind people why the Labour party was created and who it sought to represent. We have never been a sectional party promoting self-interest, but instead a force for engaging self-reliance and self-determination." - David Blunkett

"Sometimes party loyalty asks too much." - John F Kennedy



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