• I'm going to reduce the size of the Cabinet, cut the number of ministers, reduce the size of the House of Commons, campaign for a European Parliament with 100 fewer members, halve the number of political advisers, and abolish a huge swathe of Labour's regional bureaucracies - and agencies and their offices in Brussels.

    "'The last chance election for Britain'". Speech by the Rt Hon William Hague MP, leader of the Conservative party, to the spring forum in Harrogate, March 4, 2001.
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