WATCH: Protester Loses Phone in Scuffle with Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson’s latest approach to dealing with mouthy protesters no longer involves witty putdowns – now it’s turning rather more physical. Sheltering from the downpour on the final day of conference, Anderson was approached by an angry mob accusing the Tories of being “killers“. Anderson kept quiet as the group approached, though as they edged closer and started pointing a camera in his face, he eventually lost his patience and pushed the cameraman’s hand away, resulting in the protester dropping his phone. Anderson told the police there was no need to press charges on the group after being led away to safety…

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Fraser Nelson Forgot the Prime Minister’s Name

Sometimes it’s hard to wake up properly before your 9 a.m, coffee. It’s even harder when you’re the Spectator’s editor, appearing on the Today Programme, the morning after your magazine hosted its famously boozy conference party. To be fair to Fraser, Lee Anderson did the same thing several hours later. PMs come and go, like Guido’s editor, the Spectator’s editor is on his sixth PM

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WATCH: Liz Unleashes on Britain’s “Anti-Growth Coalition”

Liz has just wrapped up her Conference speech. While it was mostly by-the-numbers, barring Greenpeace’s little stunt, there was one particualrly punchy moment that stood out:

“I will not allow the anti-growth coalition to hold us back… Labour, the LibDems, the SNP, the militant unions, the vested interests dressed up as think tanks, the talking heads, the Brexit deniers, Extinction Rebellion, and some of the people we had in the hall earlier… the fact is, they prefer protesting to doing. They prefer talking on Twitter to taking tough decisions… [they] peddle the same old answers. It’s always more taxes, more regulation and more meddling. Wrong, wrong, wrong!”

Expect to hear that line plenty more times over the next few months…

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Liz’s Lyrical Theme

Liz Truss is currently delivering her Party Conference speech, and Guido couldn’t help but take notice of her walk-out song choice of 90s classic ‘Moving on Up’ by M People. Although she went with the chorus, the first verse contains the lyrics “you’ve done me wrong… go on pack your bags”. Which will do nothing to calm reports from the Telegraph that Liz is planning a clampdown on Tory Rebels…

The song has strong Labour links as songstress Heather Small’s son was elected as a councillor for the party in May. It had also previously been used by Gordon Brown in his 2008 conference speech. Just as the wheels were starting to come off his premiership…

 

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Cleverly Warns Cabinet Colleagues to Shut Up

James Cleverly has diplomatically warned Cabinet colleagues to shut up after yesterday’s day of chaos, in which collective responsibility broke down on everything including the 45p u-turn, immigration numbers and uprating benefits in line with inflation. Speaking on the BBC this morning ahead of Liz’s big speech, the foreign secretary warned:

“All Cabinet colleagues ultimately are going to have to abide by collective responsibility… I think it’s always better and easier to feed ideas, particularly when you’re in government and have access to the Chancellor and the PM, feed your ideas directly into the centre of the system…”

On TimesRadio he also implied yesterday’s comments from Braverman, Mordaunt and Clarke – among others – were inappropriate. Guido hears Cleverly’s speechwriter had to edit a swear word out of the Foreign Secretary’s speech earlier this week; we can only imagine how many expletives Cleverly wanted to use in response to yesterday’s farce…

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Cabinet Clash Over Top Rate Tax U-Turn

Cabinet Ministers have not been shy in freelancing on economic policy over the last few days, with Suella Braverman now attacking the Government’s reversal of a cut to the 45p rate of tax. Speaking to Christopher Hope this afternoon, the Home Secretary expressed her “disappointment” at the U-turn, and criticised the rebels who effectively “staged a coup” against the PM. She’s not one to mince her words…

The blue-on-blue fighting didn’t end there, with Levelling Up Secretary Simon Clarke taking to Twitter to support Suella:

Jacob Rees-Mogg was also quick to voice his disappointment at the scrapped cut at a fringe event this afternoon, although he claimed to recognise the politics of the move. This all comes in the context of public cabinet battles over benefits, and Penny Mordaunt’s attacks on government comms. Meanwhile backbench agitators continue briefing out plans to rebel, with some now even claiming they’re holding “crisis” talks about Liz’s leadership. Truss has been PM for 28 days. Not quite the honeymoon period she would’ve hoped for…

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