Bob Ainsworth

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    As the Chief of the Defence Staff says, you don't defend on the goal line. Defending the interests of the U.K. means tackling threats early and at source, and that means intervening overseas.
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    Defence must be more adaptable, able to respond quickly to the changes in the security environment and the character of conflict.
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    Despite the increasingly presidential style of political leadership in our country, teamwork is essential.
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    Failure in Afghanistan would have profound consequences for our national security. It would undermine the NATO alliance structure that has been the bedrock of Britain's defence for the last 60 years... I will not allow this to happen on my watch.
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    If I had another life, that's what I'd be - a regimental sergeant major or a similar rank. That's where the spirit of the armed forces is.
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    If you stand at an election and put a manifesto in front of people saying you're going to improve health care, you have to stick by that.
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    It's hard to find good teamwork in practice, and I have never thought that we, as a party, were any better at working as a team than the Tories, despite our core values.
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    It's true that people were told facial hair was not appreciated by the British public, but I just decided to keep the moustache.
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    My heroes are the non-commissioned officers. If I had another life that's what I'd be - a regimental sergeant major or a similar rank. That's where the spirit of the armed forces is.
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    Stalin's policies pushed the world into the Cold War. Putin has the potential to be equally as dangerous.
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    The war in Afghanistan is too important to be reduced to a political football. We are fighting there to protect our national security. We are confronting the Taliban-led insurgency to prevent terrorists returning to that country.
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    We cannot allow Afghanistan to become again a haven for terrorists who inspire, plan and provide support for attacks like those of 11 September 2001, of 7 July 2005 in London, and more.
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    We have tended in politics in this country to concentrate on the domestic, on the here and now - the 'what's in it for me'.
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    We in the West walked away from Afghanistan at the end of the Cold War and left it as a country devastated socially and armed to the teeth. If we do that again, there will be consequences.
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    We need a leader able to project his or her personality and present our policies in today's media environment. All this is true - but we also need a leader capable of building a team, inspiring loyalty from colleagues, and one genuinely open to ideas.
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