We do not have to accept the world as we find it. And we have a responsibility to leave our world a better place and never walk by on the other side of injustice.
The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom.
My beliefs will run through everything I do. My beliefs, my values are my anchor and when people try to drag me, as I know they will, it is to that sense of right and wrong, that sense of who I am and what I believe, to which I will always hold.
The new generation of Labour is different. Different attitudes, different ideas, different ways of doing politics.
I don't believe in God personally but I have great respect for those people who do and different people have different religious views in this country.
It's really important to say this. Often the faith schools were founded before the state provided education. I want good education in this country so I'm not going to slag off faith schools. I think that it's important that people of different backgrounds and different faiths go to school together and many faith schools do that.