Nadine: May Should Sack Hammond

May wanted to fire Hammond after the election but he was saved by her weakness following the result. There’s a case that Hammond is far more at odds with government policy than Boris or any other Cabinet Brexiter. Getting rid would have saved a lot of time and effort…

Ruth: A Scot Can Lead Tories Again

Ruth says she is focussed on her job “right now” but doesn’t rule out coming down to Westminster after 2021…

May’s ‘Nothing Has Changed’ Statement

“What the country needs is calm leadership, that is exactly what I am providing, with the full support of my Cabinet.”

Shapps claimed he had several Cabinet ministers joining his plot. Put up or shut up time…

Nads: Diane Abbott Must Be Doing Shapps’ Adding Up

“If Grant Shapps has got 30 people signing his petition then Diane Abbott must be doing the adding up.”

Zing…

Rayner’s Porkies on Working Class Student Numbers

Angela Rayner was caught out telling a straight untruth on working class student numbers last night. Rayner claimed:

“More people are going to university but percentage wise there’s less coming from working class backgrounds if you take it as a proportion of the percentage of those that are in.”

Dimbleby slapped her down:

“The UCAS figures showed that the gap between the most and least advantage has fallen… So when you say the opposite is happening you seem to be saying the opposite of what the facts suggest.”

This is the fib Corbyn was caught telling in July. They know it is untrue and they keep repeating it.

It didn’t go much better for Rayner on Labour’s student debt u-turn. Judging by the laughter from the audience it has cut through…

Vaizey: “Quite a Few” Want May to Resign

Ed Vaizey tells his local radio station “quite a few” Tory MPs want Theresa May to resign. Asked if he was one of them, he replied: “I’m finding it increasingly difficult to see a way forward”. Lot of Remainers on manoeuvres this morning too…

Rudd Tells Boris to Stand

Great spot of an awkward audience moment…

F Off May Slogan

The moment the “F” fell off the slogan behind the PM…

May Loses Her Voice

Huge ovation for May as she loses her voice and has to stop her speech. The audience have their heads in their hands. Gotta feel for her…

UPDATE: May-sceptic MPs texting sympathetic thoughts:

“People will rally behind her. She looks human. Others will look cruel.”

“Issues beyond her control pushing her around and she pushed through. Epic sense of duty and dignity” 

Prankster Hands May P45

The prankster was ‘comedian’ Simon Brodkin / Lee Nelson, so not a Tory member. May recovered well with the comeback: “I was about to talk about somebody I’d like to give a P45 too, and that’s Jeremy Corbyn“. Naff stunt.

May: I Am Sorry

“So, Boris Can Wait…” Tory Karaoke in Full

Tory conference finally saw the energy and passion it has been lacking this week courtesy of the InHouse Communications karaoke night. Partygoers witnessed peak Matt Hancock as he took to the stage to sing Happy Birthday to himself, before performing a high octane duet of Don’t Stop Me Now with Therese Coffey (watch above). James Cleverly and Kelly Tolhurst attempted Don’t Go Breaking My Heart before Clevz redeemed himself with a more impressive rendition of Twist and Shout, complete with memorable hip action. Will Quince demonstrated surprising depth as he had the room hand-waving to My Way. Nigel Evans gave us Delilah, David Mundell just about made his way through 500 Miles and a Brexit-backing cross-party trio of Paul Scully, Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Ian Paisley Jnr had the room rocking to Sweet CarolineThen it was the turn of the Lobby…

Faisal Islam took great pleasure in adapting the lyrics of Don’t Look Back in Anger to belt out “So, Boris can wait” – just the latest MSM smear. Dan Hodges and Glen Owen teamed up with Number 10 Sunday Lobby specialist Kirsty Buchanan to murder Mr Brightside. An emotional David Wooding, one arm raised aloft, sang You’ll Never Walk Alone, the only time he’ll be able to do that in Manchester. The night ended with Number 10’s Richard “Tricky” Jackson nailing You Raise Me Up. Hic…

Alan Duncan: Brexit is Working Class “Tantrum”

Uh oh. Alan Duncan – a minister in the government – has said that the Brexit vote was a “tantrum” by working class voters about immigration. Remainer Duncan was speaking at the Chicago Council of Global Affairs:

“The manner in which the campaign was fought stirred up a lot of sentiment amongst people that are not habitual voters, particularly on the issue of immigration. You could feel in the last 10 days of the campaign, traditional blue-collar urban Labour opinion going viral for leave. They were stirred up by an image of immigration, which made them angry and throw a bit of a tantrum. That was part of the chemistry that explains the result.”

Just the sort of sneering pro-Remain view the Tories are trying to avoid this week…

UPDATE: New UKIP leader Henry Bolton calls on Theresa May to sack Duncan:

“The contempt that he shows towards the 17 million is a disgrace, but is symptomatic of a political elite who despise the ordinary people of our country and their hopes and aspirations. The Prime Minster cannot just sit back and allow this. Her authority and credibility already are already in question and the words of her minister will undermine her even further if she doesn’t act.”

UPDATE II: A senior Brexiter says:

“Duncan’s comments are unsurprising. Cocky arrogance and condescending stupidity has always been his stock in trade. Still, he’s taken time off briefing against BoJo.”

Priti: Small Leaders Are Best

Priti Patel talked repeatedly about “my leadership” during her conference speech, and joked at the beginning:

“Some of our most successful leaders have been the smallest.”

Leadership bid klaxon!

Davis’ Jibe at Boris

“We train the best diplomats and put them to the test by sending them to work for the Foreign Secretary.”

Shots fired at his rival…

EU’s Blind Eye in Catalonia

When tyrants in authoritarian states arrest protesting political opponents they invariably claim to be upholding law and order. EU officials and even Boris have used the “rule of law” argument in Spain to justify the Spanish government’s heavy handed actions in Catalonia. Nigel is right to call out the eurocrats in Brussels on this…

UPDATE: Juncker has reiterated that Catalonia “is an internal matter for Spain”. Meanwhile Manfred Weber, head of the European People’s Party, the largest political group in the European Parliament, tells MEPs he has urged Theresa May to “please sack Johnson…” What was that about internal matters?

Gove: Corbyn Backs Death Squads Over Democrats

Michael Gove last night accused Jeremy Corbyn of siding with “death squads” over “democrats” as he slammed Jez over the anti-semitism row which overshadowed Labour conference. Addressing a packed Conservative Friends of Israel reception, Gove said:

“When there’s a chance to express solidarity with the only parliamentary democracy in the Middle East, he [Jeremy Corbyn] says: ‘no’. And why is that on every occasion when Jeremy Corbyn has had the chance to choose between the death squad and the democrat he has declined to stand with the democrat? Why is it? Because Hamas and Hezbollah are his friends but when Labour Friends of Israel meet he ‘cannot be there.'”

The audience shouted “shame”. Gove spoke alongside Eric Pickles and Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev, who was on good form. One of the better fringes…

Mogg v Protester

The Mogg filling the news vacuum at a drab and entirely flat Tory conference…

Boris on Shopping in Nicosia

The crowd lapping Boris up at the Conservative Friends of Cyprus bash…

H/T @jessicaelgot

Hammond and Rudd Bomb in Tory Focus Group, Boris Still Membership’s Favourite

Fascinating Frank Luntz focus group on the Sunday Politics asking Tory voters their thoughts on potential leadership contenders.[…] Read the rest

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“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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