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At the roots of his hostility to her [Margaret Thatcher] is a macho streak which sees only a subservient role for women, however talented, and a resentment that a woman achieved the supreme office which he coveted and which was denied him - Lord Tebbit, on the Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Heseltine

The voters did not just vote against a discredited Tory government, they voted for New Labour - Ben Chapman, winner of the Wirral South by-election and the area's first Labour MP

Wouldn't you love to be cloned? I think I would. This has nothing to do with vanity, with thinking the world would be a better place if there was another one of me going on after I'm dead. It is pure curiosity - Richard Dawkins, Professor of Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University

Low inflation is the product of sound Tory policies. You may be able to clone a sheep but you can't clone successful Chancellors - Kenneth Clarke, Chancellor of the Exchequer

Britain has long adopted the ostrich position when it comes to teenage sex - Alison Hadley, national policy officer of Brook Advisory Centres

The English aristocracy is now only the middle class with knobs on - Vivienne Westwood, designer