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Rather than standing back and being left behind, we must make the most of the opportunities that a growing China presents to us here in Britain. — George Osborne

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Our message to China is very clear: we want the U.K. to be China's best partner in the West. — George Osborne

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I can't imagine a God who would ever need to intercede in the daily travails of my life. — George Osborne

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I want to see genuine talent rewarded. — George Osborne

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I want London to be the global sporting capital. — George Osborne

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I didn't come from a traditional Tory background; it was urban and metropolitan. — George Osborne

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Britain has always been a home to the vulnerable, and we've always done what we need to do to help people who are fleeing persecution. — George Osborne

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Every day, I genuinely count my blessings. One of the greatest things in life is to do a job you really enjoy. — George Osborne

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Well you know I've attracted a lot of criticism by, for example, suggesting that child benefit should be taken away from higher rate taxpaying families. — George Osborne

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We are not quitters. Britain has always gone out there; we have probably been more influential than any other country in shaping our world and the way it has thought about itself, the way we interact as nations. — George Osborne

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I want Britain to be the home of successful competitive and stable financial services. — George Osborne

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Britain has no divine right to be one of the richest countries in the world. — George Osborne

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Britain is an open and tolerant country, and I will fight with everything I have to keep it so. — George Osborne

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We are absolutely going to have to provide fiscal security to people; in other words, we are going to have to show the country and the world that the country can live within its means. — George Osborne

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The biggest single thing that has lifted people out of poverty is free trade. — George Osborne

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Just as we should never balance the budget on the backs of the poor, so it is an economic delusion to think you can balance it only on the wallets of the rich. — George Osborne

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You really have to try hard to create space and, at least for a time, stop the political world from rushing in. The important thing is to remain sane. — George Osborne

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I believe in public services. — George Osborne

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ISIL are already using the Internet for hideous propaganda purposes - for radicalisation, for operational planning, too. — George Osborne

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We should be doing more business with China. We should be better connected to the Chinese economy. — George Osborne

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Providing great schooling is the single most important thing we can do to help any child from a disadvantaged background succeed. It's also the single most important thing we can do to boost the long-term productivity of our economy. — George Osborne

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Only the U.K. can trigger Article 50. And in my judgement, we should only do that when there is a clear view about what new arrangements we are seeking with our European neighbours. — George Osborne

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We are very supportive of the economic reforms that the Chinese government have talked about. — George Osborne

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Well British pension funds have not been investing the savings of British people in British infrastructure. — George Osborne

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Everyone in our society has had to make a contribution towards dealing with the debts. — George Osborne

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I first started going to Chelsea games in the mid-Nineties when I lived off the North End Road, ten minutes' walk from Stamford Bridge. — George Osborne

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We must bring unity of spirit and purpose and condemn hatred and division wherever we see it. — George Osborne

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Even as China's growth slows, it will continue to be a powerhouse for the global economy. — George Osborne

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Most successful politicians don't let the job swamp their lives. — George Osborne

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It's not easy cutting welfare bills. It's not easy cutting the deficit. — George Osborne

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If someone believes that living on benefits is a lifestyle choice, then we need to make them think again. — George Osborne

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I'm a very happy, content member of David Cameron's team. I fought very hard to get my friend elected as leader of the Conservative party, then elected as the prime minister of this country, and I'm very happy being part of that team that is bringing change to this country. — George Osborne

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I think its important, particularly when you've got young children, to spend some time with them. — George Osborne

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One thing I learned about Gordon Brown is you've got to have the strength to just get in there and take him on. When you first hear him spouting his statistics and boasting about his record, it can be quite intimidating. But over time, shadowing him, I just realised that a lot of it was rubbish; a lot of it was baloney. — George Osborne

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The former pension minister, the Liberal Democrat Steve Webb said I was trying to abolish the lump sum. Instead, we are going to keep the lump sum and abolish the Liberal Democrats. — George Osborne

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Our long-term economic plan is all about creating jobs and the economic security that comes with that. — George Osborne

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If we leave the European Union, there will be an immediate economic shock that will hit financial markets. People will not know what the future looks like. — George Osborne

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It is not fair that people who are born in the UK to parents who are domiciled here, can later in life claim to be non-doms and live here, it is not fair that non-doms with residential property here in the UK can put it in an offshore company and avoid inheritance tax. — George Osborne

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Our first benchmark is to cut the deficit more quickly to safeguard Britain's credit rating. I know that we are taking a political gamble to set this up as a measure of success. Protecting the credit rating will not be easy The pace of fiscal consolidation will be co-ordinated with monetary policy. And we will protect Britain's credit rating and international reputation. — George Osborne

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Did I want Britain to remain in the E.U.? Yes. Did I fear the consequences if we quit? Yes. Did I argue passionately for that during the referendum? Absolutely I did. — George Osborne

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Margaret Thatcher's government redistributed money from rich to poor. And that's the nature of a modern western democracy. — George Osborne

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The wish to pass something on to your children is about the most basic, human and natural aspiration there is. — George Osborne

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I'm not one of those who thinks there is something inherently bad or inferior about watching television. — George Osborne

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We don't see a choice between securing growth and investment and raising human rights issues. — George Osborne

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The Conservative party, the modern Conservative party, is on the side of people who want to work hard and get on. — George Osborne

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The rise in world oil prices has been larger than anyone forecast. — George Osborne

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We have accepted there is a big role for government to create a framework where businesses can grow in all parts of the country. — George Osborne

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It's perfectly reasonable in a coalition between two political parties that you get supporters of those parties you know stressing the things they want to stress. — George Osborne

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Printing money is the last resort of desperate governments when all other policies have failed. — George Osborne

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Tax cuts should be for life, not just for Christmas. — George Osborne

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Nuclear power is cost-competitive with other low-carbon technology and is a crucial part of our energy mix, along with new sources of power such as shale gas. — George Osborne

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I have done everything I can to move Britain out of the financial danger zone. — George Osborne

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Every day as Chancellor I see alerts telling me of risks around the world. — George Osborne

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Some things never change, suck up to the government and you get an honour. — George Osborne

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Of course the Liberal Democrats are going to say things to try and get attention - but I don't think the country is paying much attention. — George Osborne

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It's in our interests that the euro is a successful, strong currency. — George Osborne

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There was a real fear that a euro-zone bank might fail, that we'd have a sovereign debt problem in one of the larger European economies. That's dissipated, thanks largely to the action of the European Central Bank. — George Osborne

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You know the illusion of the cheap money is over and now Britain has to go out there and graft and earn its way and create wealth and prosperity in a very competitive world. — George Osborne

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I will listen to any argument put to me. — George Osborne

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I support gay marriage. I support gay marriage because I believe Conservatives support the institutions of commitment. — George Osborne

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The Internet has made us richer, freer, connected and informed in ways its founders could not have dreamt of. It has also become a vector of attack, espionage, crime and harm. — George Osborne

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Many retailers have complained bitterly to me about the complexity of the Carbon Reduction Commitment. It's not a commitment; it's a tax. — George Osborne

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There are those who are trying to create an anti-business culture in Britain - and we have to stop them. At stake are not pay packages for a few but jobs and prosperity for the many. Everything in politics encourages more red tape - everyone insists government must step in - 'something must be done' is always the cry. We have to resist these pressures. — George Osborne

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To all companies large and small, I would say this: the British economy is fundamentally strong; we are highly competitive, and we are open for business. — George Osborne

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Politics as a parent is fairly demanding; if your parent is in politics, it's fairly demanding, so I make no excuses about taking two weeks off. — George Osborne

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The British people think that if someone is disabled, then they should get all the care and support that we can offer. — George Osborne

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I'm a Conservative who believes in lower taxes. They lead to a more enterprising economy. But I'm not somebody who believes you can fund lower taxes by borrowing more money. — George Osborne

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If freedom of movement is to be sustainable, then our publics must see it as freedom to move to work, rather than freedom to choose the most generous benefits. — George Osborne

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It's not enough to tackle just the symptoms of poverty. You have to tackle the causes of poverty. — George Osborne

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Sound public finances are not the enemy of sustained growth - they are its precondition. — George Osborne

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If we leave the European Union it's a risk to our economy - it's a risk to pensioners, it's a risk to homeowners, it's a risk to people in work. — George Osborne

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Believe me, I understand that most higher rate taxpayers are not the super-rich. — George Osborne

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In opposition, you move to the centre. In government, you move the centre. — George Osborne

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Britain can choose, as others are, short term fixes and more stimulus. Or we can lead the world with long-term solutions to long-term problems. — George Osborne

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Leaving the E.U. was not the outcome that I wanted or campaigned, but now that democracy has spoken, we must act on that result. I will fully respect that result. — George Osborne

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For families flying out of the U.K. for a winter getaway, airports should be the ideal place to pick up a bargain. — George Osborne

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The Conservative party is at its strongest when it's not the party that says there is no role for government and the state should just get out of the way. That is not a strand of Conservative thinking that, by itself, is enough. — George Osborne

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Cutting budget deficits can never be just an exercise in economics. — George Osborne

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If you want to change the way your banking system is regulated, if you want to learn the mistakes of what's gone wrong, then you have to change your government. — George Osborne

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I believe that I'm entitled to regard my pre-political life as off-limits in terms of what can be looked at and judged. — George Osborne

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No other chancellor in the long history of the office has felt the need to pass a law in order to convince people he has the political will to implement his own Budget. — George Osborne

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I understand the damage the expenses crisis has done to Parliament, and the paramount importance of restoring trust in our politics. — George Osborne

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I've learned to be true to yourself, stick to the big arguments, don't get distracted by the everyday kerfuffle that is in the nature of any democratic system. — George Osborne

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I reject absolutely the idea that people should know their place, and know their class. — George Osborne

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Britain helped create the Internet - Tim Berners Lee created the World Wide Web, one of a long line of British scientists who have given us an outsized role in shaping our own digital future. — George Osborne

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I don't want to watch 'Newsnight.' I just don't understand those politicians who genuinely want to watch it for pleasure. — George Osborne

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I'm not going out to parties every night. — George Osborne

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I had the closest thing I have ever had to an out-of-body experience lying in bed one morning. I turned on the 'Today' programme and item four on the news was: 'The shadow chancellor has ruled himself out of the leadership.' I lay there thinking that's interesting, then I realised it was me. — George Osborne

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Working people of this country want economic security. The worst possible thing you can do for those families is bust the public finances, have some welfare system this country can't afford. — George Osborne

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The Conservative Party mustn't sound like the old man on the park bench who says things were better in 1985, or 1955, or 1855. — George Osborne

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Brexit is for the richest in our country: they can afford recessions. — George Osborne

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No ifs, no buts - we will not share the pound if Scotland separates from the U.K. — George Osborne

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The Office for Budget Responsibility correctly stay out of the political debate and do not assess the long-term costs and benefits of E.U. membership. — George Osborne

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I think the British people have a strong sense of what is fair. — George Osborne

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We need strength and success elsewhere in our country - not by pulling London down but by building the rest of the country up. — George Osborne

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If you're looking for ways to cut waste in government, you can start with John Prescott. — George Osborne

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I do not want Britain to turn its back on Europe or the rest of the world. — George Osborne

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We will also target tax evasion and off-shore tax havens ... Everyone must pay their share. — George Osborne

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There were some who wanted all the benefits of E.U. membership without any of the costs. I'm not sure that's very realistic. — George Osborne

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People should know this of me: I will do what is required to keep our country safe and secure because, in the end, that is what people's livelihoods and jobs rely on. — George Osborne