Javid vs Johnson: The battle for the Tory crown?

By Jon Craig, chief political correspondent, in Birmingham
Within the space of an hour, we may have witnessed the battle for the Tory crown between the two leading contenders: Sajid vs Boris.
In their vastly contrasting styles, the leadership frontrunners set out their personal manifesto, paraded their credentials and set out their stall for the top job.In a speech in the main conference hall, Home Secretary Sajid Javid described his personal backstory, a rags-to-riches journey from humble beginnings to rival that of Sir John Major.Smartly dressed, his delivery was business-like rather than inspirational. His address was consensual in tone and his message ultra-modernising. He looks more and more like the heir to David Cameron and George Osborne.The big pity for him and his admirers was that his speech, in which he unveiled the government's new migration proposals, was delivered to a half-empty hall.

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The reason for that, of course, was that most Tory activists - at least those of the strongly pro-Brexit persuasion - were already queuing to hear their messiah, Boris Johnson, in another hall inside Birmingham's International Convention Centre.Boris is everything Sajid is not: For a start, he has hair - a lot of it and it has never seen a comb - and while Mr Javid wears smart suits, crisp white shirts and a neat tie, Mr Johnson is scruffy, dishevelled and he slouches, often with his hands in his pockets.The former foreign secretary often looks as if he has slept in his ill-fitting suit. And knowing him, he probably has.But while Mr Javid spoke to a half-empty hall, Mr Johnson packed his hall and his adoring, cheering fans screamed when he walked on to the stage.
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The home secretary began his speech teasing his audience: "Now I know the question on your mind. So let's just deal with it upfront - yes, I did watch Bodyguard."No, it wasn't very realistic. For a start, my code name is not Lavender - and she didn't even do the power stance."He then told how his father came to the UK from Pakistan with just enough money to buy a coach ticket. He also spoke of his pride that his brother is now a chief superintendent in West Midlands Police.He hit out at what he called "the scandal of child grooming" and said it made him sad and angry that most of the men in recent high-profile gang convictions have had Pakistani heritage.He pledged to tackle forced marriage and spoke with compassion about the Grenfell Tower tragedy, in what was perhaps an admission the government handled it badly.


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The former foreign secretary's major speech, which covered a breadth of topics, indicates he still has designs on Downing Street.

The most surprising passage of his speech was when he praised Labour's Diane Abbott. His audience was so stunned they applauded!He said: "We might disagree with the shadow home secretary on almost all her policies."But it takes guts and determination to become the first black woman to be elected to the House of Commons. And we should pay tribute to that."Very inclusive.
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