The Liberal Democrats in Harrogate: Quotes of the day

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'Do you know where the Chancellor went for his holidays? He went to Italy, and look what happened.' Alan Beith, treasury spokesman.

'David Mellor's department should not become the victim of a lubricious campaign in a newspaper circulation war.' Robert Maclennan, spokesman on national heritage.

'When I was first elected in 1983, the Labour Party thought that I was a short-stay guest in 'their' place in the House of Commons. 'Don't bother taking your coat off; you won't be staying long,' was their message to me.' Simon Hughes, MP for Southwark & Bermondsey.

'These days many people put the question to me: 'What is Denmark going to do?' '. Uffe Ellemann-Jensen, Danish foreign minister.