"My faith foundation works to bring about a greater respect and understanding between different faiths. We basically work with six popular religions in the world which are the three Abrahamic religions Hinduism and Buddhism and Sikhism."
"My view is that you still in order to win from the Labour perspective have to have a strong alliance with business as well as the unions. You have got to be very much in the centre ground on things like public sector reform."
"You know the media and politicians are always gonna be in a bit of tension with one another and probably most of the time thats healthy and indeed even creative. But its where - its really when news organisations are used as kind of instruments of politics that it gets tricky."
"In retrospect the Millennium marked only a moment in time. It was the events of September 11 that marked a turning point in history where we confront the dangers of the future and assess the choices facing humankind."
"The threat today is not that of the 1930s. Its not big powers going to war with each other. The ravages which fundamentalist political ideology inflicted on the 20th century are memories. The Cold war is over. Europe is at peace if not always diplomatically."
"I mean I went to a church school when I was younger and imbibed a certain amount of religion then but it was really in university that I got interested in religion and politics at the same time. I dont think as if it were one moment of conversion but my spiritual journey really began then."