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by Jess Bowie / 01 Oct 2014 14:28
Darren, architect, 43
The conference hasn't made much of an impression on me. Some of my colleagues have been to a few fringe events though. It's going to be the big announcement today of the major policies, isn't it?
Simon, 30, barman at the Shakespeare pub on Summer Row, central Birmingham
I haven't really taken much notice of it to be frank.
James, 41, UKIP candidate for Coventry council, canvassing near the conference
by Jess Bowie / 01 Oct 2014 13:40
Rod, 58, councillor from Swindon
It was one of the best, solid speeches we've heard from any party leader for a very long time. It was an election manifesto, obviously, but it was about setting policies that we're going to fight on. You either fight elections on ideology or you fight them on policy, and I think there was a lot of meaty policy in there – in very stark contrast
by Jess Bowie / 30 Sep 2014 18:45
What was the last single you bought?
I think the last single I bought was Paloma Faith, 'Only Love Can Hurt Like This'
Do you know any raps off the top of your head?
Well, I can do the Wham rap. They're from before you were born. “Wham bam, I am a man. Job or no job, you can't tell me that I'm not.”
What's your favourite British band?
What music helps you
by Jess Bowie / 30 Sep 2014 16:19
The Jacob Rees-Mogg fan club is surprisingly young and male. A large portion of those who showed up to watch the MP for North East Somerset speak – or rather orate – at a fringe at Conservative conference were barely out of short trousers.
But ‘The Mogg’ has his older, female admirers too. “He’s just so charming,” said one of a number of swooning middle-aged ladies in the audience before the event began.
by Sam Macrory / 29 Sep 2014 20:25
Exuberant. Enthusiastic. Uplifting. Unpredictable.
Boris Johnson did what he does best at his traditional ConservativeHome rally.
But perhaps because the star striker has been handed a shirt – not, for now, the Number 10 – and rejoined the team on the pitch, it was a mostly restrained display.
Boris being Boris, however, he couldn’t resist straying into territory that other politicians somehow manage to sidestep.
Asked to compare to himself to a Roman emperor, the
by Jess Bowie / 29 Sep 2014 18:54
The Ministry of Defence has spent £85m on lawsuits brought against the Armed Forces under the European Convention on Human Rights, defence secretary Michael Fallon has revealed.
Speaking at a fringe event at the Conservative Party conference, Fallon said he was “appalled” at the way human rights law was being used against the British military, with the result that millions of pounds of taxpayers' money were being spent on fighting “fairly spurious cases” rather than
by Jess Bowie / 29 Sep 2014 15:19
David Davis has urged the prime minister to take a clearer stance on Europe in order to regain ground from UKIP.
“If I were David Cameron I'd be public about what we need to get back from the EU to make it worthwhile staying in,” Davis told the Conservative Party Conference.
Speaking at a fringe event called Tackling UKIP, Cameron's one-time leadership rival said that the prime minister also needed to talk more about immigration.
28 Sep 2014 20:01
Politicians have always had a love-hate relationship with the media.
Given that yesterday saw Tory MP Brooks Newmark resign from the government after a tabloid sting (involving an undercover journalist and explicit pictures of Newmark’s, ahem, “majority”), the stock of us hacks has probably never been lower among the Tory faithful.
It was with some trepidation, then, that Total Politics decided to raise the subject of Newmark’s "sext scandal" at a fringe event this
by Sam Macrory / 28 Sep 2014 18:55
There’s been plenty to cause the Tories to tear up – to borrow a prime ministerial phrase – since they began their annual conference. This afternoon, at least, it was for good reason.
For the final time, William Hague addressed a Conservative Party conference as a secretary of state, or indeed as an MP.
But this wasn’t just the last sight of one of the party’s most gifted and experienced of performers that triggered
by Jess Bowie / 23 Sep 2014 17:50
Much was riding on Ed Miliband's conference turn today. With less than eight months to go before the general election, the pressure was on the Labour leader to make it crystal clear not just what he stands for, but how the country will be different under a Labour government. Today there was little time for wonkish ideas like 'pre-distribution' and 'One Nation Britain', which even his own MPs have been reluctant to mention on