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  1. There will always be people who try to deter you or crush your confidence but don’t let them knock you back. Focus on gaining the support of the people you respect.
  2. We have outstanding schools, world-class teaching and inspirational leadership across the country.
  3. I firmly believe that my dual roles as secretary of state for education and minister for women and equalities are closely linked. Never is this more apparent than when tackling the gender pay gap.
  4. Many Conservatives believe that our conference needs to show the Conservatives retain a reputation for competence, a strong commitment to market economics and how that benefits everyone, and how Brexit is not going to drag us to a point where a Corbyn-led government becomes a reality.
  5. Sadly, Isis are extremely intolerant of homosexuality.
  6. Those who think that Brexit offers an opportunity to move to some low tax, almost off-shore de-regulatory haven don’t seem to care about the threat posed by Corbyn.
  7. Democracy is a precious thing and the rights of parliament are a precious thing.
  8. Actions speak a whole lot louder than President Trump’s words and tweets.
  9. If people think that local elections are won or lost on local education matters, that isn’t happening.
  10. I don’t want my son to grow up in a Britain that puts a limit on his ambition; I want him to be free to join thousands of British students, studying at colleges and universities in Germany, France and the rest of Europe.
  11. We must ensure that girls do not close off career paths by limiting the subjects that they study — this is why continuing to study science, technology, engineering, and maths is so important.
  12. I don’t want to develop a reputation for being difficult about absolutely everything and everyone.
  13. Brexit is so extraordinary in so many ways.
  14. I’m a one-nation Conservative and that means exactly what it says on the tin.
  15. It is well known that men will apply for a job they are half qualified for, but women do not apply unless they meet every requirement. We want to see girls have equal levels of confidence and take the necessary leaps and risks.
  16. I think education is probably one of those things that once you’ve been involved with it you’re always interested.
  17. I don’t subscribe to this view that the far-right is somehow in control of the Conservative party from top to toe.
  18. For a young person who is perhaps thinking about coming out or is unsure of their sexuality — being called names is something that will mean that they won’t want to go to school.
  19. I guess I am a more, I don’t know, consumer-facing politician.
  20. I won’t pretend that being booted out the cabinet wasn’t painful.

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