Tony Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

Blair, fully Anthony Charles Lynton Blair

British Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party

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This is the time not just for this Government?or, indeed, for this Prime Minister?but for this House to give a lead: to show that we will stand up for what we know to be right; to show that we will confront the tyrannies and dictatorships and terrorists who put our way of life at risk; to show, at the moment of decision, that we have the courage to do the right thing.

We are going to expand enormously -- our economy, our consumption, over the years to come ... But the consequences of that on emissions are going to be severe unless we change direction.

We must support and protect individuals and companies engaged in life saving medical research

What I don't know is whether there is a way politically that you can beat away these, some of these populist movements because in the end I don't think they really do provide answers. They ride the anger. But they don't really have the answers. Or whether this is an experiment we're just going to have to go through first.

When my parents were growing up the world's population was under three billion. During my children's lifetime, it is likely to exceed nine billion. You don't need to be an expert to realise that sustainable development is going to become the greatest challenge we face this century

Our party: New Labour. Our mission: new Britain. New Labour new Britain.

Retreat might give us a moment of respite but years of repentance at our weakness would, I believe, follow.

Sometimes it is better to lose and do the right thing than to win and do the wrong thing.

The biological agents we believe Iraq can produce include anthrax, botulinum, toxin, aflatoxin and ricin. All eventually result in excruciatingly painful death.

The great advantage of the Lib Dems is precisely that no-one knows what they stand for

The public think the politicians don't know or care about their lives; and the politicians feel misunderstood.

The truth is you can't go on forever. That's why it is right that this is my last conference as leader.

There is no doubt as to what needs to happen. There has to be a complete rejection of the type of terrorist attacks carried out in India.

This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life, and we the democracies of this world are going to have to come together and fight it together.

We are not the master now. The people are the masters. We are the servants of the people. We will never forget that.

We must transform Labour from a party of protest to a party of government.

What I will say to people is what you require are rules and not prejudices.

Where radical Islamism is going to be a factor, it's going to be very, very tough.

Our task is not to fight old battles, but to show that there is a third way, a way of marrying together an open competitive society and successful economy with a just and decent society.

Saddam Hussein's regime is despicable, he is developing weapons of mass destruction, and we cannot leave him doing so unchecked. He is a threat to his own people and to the region and, if allowed to develop these weapons, a threat to us also.

Sometimes people say to me, 'Well, what was the difference between Kosovo, which was a successful intervention, and Iraq and Afghanistan that have been so difficult?' And the answer is perfectly simple. In Kosovo, you have, after the removal of the loss of its regime, you had a process of political and economic reconstruction that took its part without the intervention of terrorism. If you had the intervention of terrorism, by the way, it would have been extremely difficult there - but we didn't...

The blunt truth about the politics of climate change is that no country will want to sacrifice its economy in order to meet this challenge, but all economies know that the only sensible long term way of developing is to do it on a sustainable basis.

The intelligence is clear: [Saddam Hussein] continues to believe that his weapons of mass destruction programme is essential both for internal repression and for external aggression. It is essential to his regional power. Prior to the inspectors coming back in, he was engaged in a systematic exercise in concealment of those weapons.

The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror.

The understanding which has driven New Labour's reform is to put the individual citizen - the patient, the parent, the pupil, the law abiding citizen - at the centre of each public service, with the service reformed to meet their individual requirements

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British Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party