John Reid

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John Reid

John Reid (born 8 May 1947) is a British politician, who served as a Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) and cabinet minister under Tony Blair, most notably as Defence Secretary (2005–06) and then Home Secretary (2006–07).


  • Our system is not fit for purpose. It's inadequate in terms of its scope, it's inadequate in terms of its information technology, leadership, management systems and processes.
  • It's not my job to manage this department - it's my job to lead this department.
    • BBC News 23 May 2006
  • He said he did not believe the Home Office was "intrinsically dysfunctional... but I do believe from time to time it is dysfunctional in the sense it doesn't work".
    • BBC News 23 May 2006

Speech to the Labour Party conference in Manchester, 28 September 2006. BBC News 28 September 2006[edit]

  • Leadership isn't a zero sum game. When one of us shines it doesn't diminish the others, it reflects on all of us.
  • It's not Muslims versus the rest of us. It's evil terrorists on one side against all civilised people on the other.
  • If we in this movement are going to ask the decent, silent majority of Muslim men - and women - to have the courage to face down the extremist bullies, then we need to have the courage and character to stand shoulder to shoulder with them doing it.
  • Until Roy Hattersley said he would shoot himself if I became prime minister, I had not been able to see any possible advantage in standing.

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