It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain.
We should be the natural home for young mothers. But we're not. Because too often we sound like people who think the only good mother is a married mother.
It is simply the view, and a view I think shared by most members of the party, that it is very difficult to have a leader that does not command the support of the parliamentary party.
We said in our 21st Century Party paper there are 61 mosaic groups, which the market research people use as different socio-economic categories and half of our members come from just five of those groups and that is very narrow - too narrow.
If we do what we think is right, not try to point-score, people will begin to trust us.
Our party believes in diversity, not uniformity.
Our party has known great, great days. But we have no God-given right to survive, let alone to succeed.
Our share of the vote overall rose by less than 1 per cent - yes, that's right: less than 1 per cent.
We need to show that we know and understand and can reflect today's Britain. Today we don't.
The party at its best has always been a modern party.
Our members are very much maligned. Obviously the average age is 60 something, but they all have children and grandchildren, they understand what we need to do, they want to win.
I feel fantastically excited that we have a leader who fought for the leadership without compromising his quite challenging view that the party has to change.
If we want to change what people think of us, then we have got to change.
But if we can work with people in other parties to get the right answer for the country we'll do that.
Our party's committed to tackling failing schools and cutting crime.
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