Election '97: QUOTES OF THE DAY
Wednesday 30 April 1997
"I hate seeing my little brother looking so tired, and knowing it's his own bloody side who have done this to him." - Pat Dessoy, the Prime Minister's elder sister
"He would hand over to the trade unions powers not even dreamed of by Michael Foot when he was leader of the Labour Party."- Michael Howard, The Home Secretary, on Tony Blair
"There is no point in voting for the Tories. They are gone, they have committed suicide. The policies they have adopted are abhorrent to those who normally vote for them. The Tories are dead."- Sir James Goldsmith, leader of the Referendum Party
"I think you know what happened to the South Sea Bubble. I look forward to that happening to new Labour on Thursday." - John Major
"I have the advantage of having been in their front rooms for 35 years. They already know me." - Martin Bell, who is standing as an Independent candidate, canvassing in Tatton
"It's always the grumpy ones who are against us." -
Christine Hamilton, wife of Neil Hamilton the Tory candidate, doing the same
"Because I do not think they are worth it. They haven't done what they said they would do and they are having too much for themselves and not enough for the elderly and poor people." - Elizabeth Gresham, 101, on why she has decided to switch her vote after 70 years of supporting the Tories.
"I bought a brand new pair and now I've got holes in them. " - John Prescott, deputy leader of the Labour Party, tells how the long campaign has affected his shoes
"We stand on the brink of the greatest breakthrough any third party has achieved since the Second World War." - Paddy Ashdown
"This country is sleepwalking into the sort of disastrous policies Labour in power have always been responsible for." - Michael Heseltine
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
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