If I spend the rest of my time on the back benches, so be it. I'm comfortable with that because the price was worth paying for what we got out of it. If I am asked back to do a serious job I'll find it very hard to say no because, like most MPs, I have a sense of duty. But if people want to bring me back just for the sake of bringing me back, then I will say no. I don't want to be brought back just as some sort of emblem. I am emblematic of a certain sort of conservatism. It's one of my problems and I understand that, but that's not my role in life. If it happens, then fine. I don't expect it to, and I think the probability is that it won't.
Make of that what you will.