Quotes by: Geoff Hoon

The Right Honourable
Geoff Hoon
Secretary of State for Transport
In office
3 October 2008 – 5 June 2009
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Ruth Kelly
Succeeded by The Lord Adonis
Government Chief Whip
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
28 June 2007 – 3 October 2008
Prime Minister Gordon Brown
Preceded by Jacqui Smith
Succeeded by Nick Brown
Minister for Europe
In office
5 May 2006 – 27 June 2007
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Douglas Alexander
Succeeded by Jim Murphy
In office
28 July 1999 – 11 October 1999
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Joyce Quin
Succeeded by Keith Vaz
Leader of the House of Commons
Lord Privy Seal
In office
6 May 2005 – 5 May 2006
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Deputy Phil Woolas
Nigel Griffiths
Preceded by Peter Hain
Succeeded by Jack Straw
Secretary of State for Defence
In office
11 October 1999 – 6 May 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by George Robertson
Succeeded by John Reid
Minister of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs
In office
9 May 1999 – 28 July 1999
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Derek Fatchett
Succeeded by Peter Hain
Member of Parliament
for Ashfield
In office
10 April 1992 – 12 April 2010
Preceded by Frank Haynes
Succeeded by Gloria De Piero
Personal details
Born (1953-12-06) 6 December 1953 (age 63)
Derby, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdom
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Elaine Dumelow
Alma mater Jesus College, Cambridge
Religion Anglicanism

Ministers regularly meet soldiers that have returned from operational tours to hear about their experiences, including those who have recovered from their injuries.
Geoff Hoon
We're investing record sums on buses and trains. We have a huge programme to encourage people to walk and cycle, and everyone up to and including the PM has been looking closely at how we can promote electric vehicles, hybrids, and other technologies.
Geoff Hoon
I think anyone about to leave one job not surprisingly would use their knowledge, their experience, their skills drawn from their previous positions to try and earn a living in the future. That's what happens in all interviews.
Geoff Hoon
I have had many Ashfield people say to me that they might not agree with my political views or my decisions but that they supported my right to be heard.
Geoff Hoon
Most people are flying to Heathrow because it's a hub, so they can fly on to other places, often long-distance flights. If they can't go on those long-distance flights from Heathrow, they will go to Paris, they will go to Amsterdam, they will go to Frankfurt, because those are viable alternatives.
Geoff Hoon
I drove 3,500 miles this summer on our family holiday, we drove across 10 countries. I have driven across the United States four times. I love cars, I love being in cars, I think so do most people. I want to help and support those people who have that same kind of enthusiasm for driving that I have.
Geoff Hoon
My role is not to choose between safeguarding the economy and protecting the environment - it's about doing both.
Geoff Hoon
Despite my involvement in difficult and sometimes controversial questions I have received consistent support from the people of Ashfield. They have recognised that it is necessary to take difficult decisions, that newspapers do not always report fairly or accurately.
Geoff Hoon
I don't want to be a lobbyist. I want to provide strategic advice to companies. I said both of those things in the course of the interview, and I made clear this is a matter only for after I had become a private citizen and I was no longer a member of parliament.
Geoff Hoon
I lived at admiralty house from 2002 until 2006 on advice from special branch on security grounds as defence secretary. The alternative of providing comprehensive security at my personal property would have entailed significant extra costs to the taxpayer.
Geoff Hoon
The Chief Whip's job is trying to make sure that the Government - and MPs elected as part of the governing party - deliver the promises that they were elected on. That's a healthy part of the democratic process.
Geoff Hoon
During the last economic slowdown in the 1990s, the Tories slashed infrastructure investment. I am determined not to make that mistake.
Geoff Hoon
I need to maintain a home in Derbyshire and in London to be able both to represent my constituents and to fulfil my responsibilities as an MP and as a minister.
Geoff Hoon
I joined the Labour party because I believed in equality, in freedom of speech and in tolerance, compassion and understanding for people, irrespective of their background and views. In whatever I decide to do in the future I will hold to those principles.
Geoff Hoon

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