Election '97: QUOTES OF THE DAY

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None of the political parties has put forward a programme which offers much real hope of improvement to those in greatest need - report by the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland

May I suggest that [Martin Bell] wears his flak jacket back to front? In politics the danger comes from being stabbed in the back - Pat Dessoy, the Prime Minister's sister

I am not a politician, I despise politicians - Sir James Goldsmith, leader of the Referendum Party and MEP

The positive reasons for a Labour vote have been deliberately kept vague. Why put people off? - Labour's Austin Mitchell

All I want to know is whether you think I am guilty - Neil Hamilton, face to face with Martin Bell

Basildon has earned a special place in British politics - Tony Blair wooing floating voters in Basildon, heartland of Essex Man.