25 September 2006
Labour Party Conference speech
"I'm not going to do something that I'm not simply to get attention. I think celebrity in the modern world is just like someone who walks into a room and says 'what do people want to hear and I'll tell them?'"
19 January 2007
BBC R4, Today
"I think we're moving from this period when, if you like, celebrity matters, when people have become famous for being famous. I think you can see that in other countries too - people are moving away from that to what lies behind the character and the personality."
"As a politician I have never sought the public eye for its own sake. I have never believed presentation should be a substitute for policy. I do not believe politics is about celebrity. When you put yourself forward for leadership, the country has a right to know where you come from, what you believe in and what you want to achieve."
11 May 2007