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Jackie Onassis would have laughed at pounds 15m. She could have spent that for breakfast - Harold Brooks-Baker, editor of 'Burke's Peerage', on the reported divorce settlement for the Princess of Wales

I really don't mind what you're called. You're Mummy - Prince William's reported response when his mother raised the possibility of her losing the title HRH

What happens in Northern Ireland is not acceptable. If it happened in Surrey or Somerset or Sussex we would not tolerate it. Well, I am not prepared to tolerate it in Northern Ireland so we will try and try and try again to get the settlement we need - John Major

The law is arcane, slow, monopolistic and riddled with restrictive practices calculated to multiply fees. It cries out for reform. - Austin Mitchell, Labour MP, calling for the nationalisation of the legal profession

The greatest compliment that could be paid to any politician is that he puts his family first, his religion second, his political beliefs and country third and his party a very distant fourth - Edward Leigh, Conservative MP

Much has been made of Westminster as a hothouse of lust and intrigue. But for every one MP falling foul of the charms of a pretty secretary, there are two businessmen doing the same - Christine Hamilton, wife and secretary of Neil Hamilton, Conservative MP

No system of higher education that is not elitist is worthy of the name - Lord Beloff, Conservative peer