I have strengths, and I have weaknesses. I don't pretend to be able to write a great thesis or doctorate - I have no pretensions in that direction.
Despite the increasingly presidential style of political leadership in our country, teamwork is essential.
I got a tooth bust by somebody who decided they didn't like me and I thought the moustache hid a scar on my lip. It's true that people were told facial hair was not appreciated by the British public, but I just decided to keep the moustache.
I never expected to be Defence Secretary. It's a great privilege.
Failure in Afghanistan would have profound consequences for our national security. It would undermine the NATO alliance structure that has been the bedrock of Britain's defence for the last 60 years... I will not allow this to happen on my watch.
My heroes are the non-commissioned officers. If I had another life that's what I'd be - a regimental sergeant major or a similar rank. That's where the spirit of the armed forces is.
We in the West walked away from Afghanistan at the end of the Cold War and left it as a country devastated socially and armed to the teeth. If we do that again, there will be consequences.
I come from a pretty tough background and I learned a long time ago not to be bothered.
Defence must be more adaptable, able to respond quickly to the changes in the security environment and the character of conflict.
I have always had a keen interest in defence and military history and read more on this subject than anything else.
I was Minister for the Armed Forces in the Ministry of Defence for two years prior to being appointed Defence Secretary.
If I had another life, that's what I'd be - a regimental sergeant major or a similar rank. That's where the spirit of the armed forces is.
If you stand at an election and put a manifesto in front of people saying you're going to improve health care, you have to stick by that.
It's true that people were told facial hair was not appreciated by the British public, but I just decided to keep the moustache.
On the back benches, you can have your say but no power to do anything.
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