Tory conference: Boris Johnson will be box office

A year ago, the Tory conference ended with letters falling off the set during a speech in which Theresa May suffered a coughing fit and was handed a spoof P45.
This year the conference had not even begun when the app detailing the week's events here in Birmingham was hit by an embarrassing and potentially dangerous security breach.A few minutes before the blunder was revealed, the Tories' affable party chairman Brandon Lewis told me in an interview there would be no repeat of last year's disasters."Have you made sure the set is all nailed together this year for the PM's speech?" I asked him.He replied, cheerfully: "I think people will see a really impressive conference all round. I hope they enjoy it and everything stays in place."
Tory conference: Boris Johnson will be box office

The phone numbers of MPs including Boris Johnson were publicly accessible
Well, security on the app did not stay in place, though to be fair, it was resolved swiftly. "It's sorted - and in time for the conference!" Mr Lewis told me proudly.Some problems can be sorted quickly, it seems. Not Brexit, though.It is doubtful whether the Conservatives will be any more united on the PM's Chequers plan when they leave here on Wednesday than they are as they arrive.

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Conservative conference: Key questions for May's party
As members, activists and MPs gather in Birmingham for the Conservatives' annual conference, Sky News takes a look at the key questions facing Theresa May and her party.

After his 4,500-word eve-of-conference onslaught on the PM's Brexit policy in The Daily Telegraph, followed up by TV interviews, Boris Johnson's "chuck Chequers" rally on Tuesday evening - hours before the PM's big conference speech - will be the box office highlight of this conference.Boris has staged these rallies at Tory conferences before. He is greeted like a rock star with the same sort of adulation Jeremy Corbyn receives at his rallies during Labour conferences.The conference slogan this year - on enormous blue banners - contains just one word: "Opportunity", with eight pledges underneath.


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The order of these pledges is interesting, reflecting Tory priorities which some in the party will claim are in the wrong order.They are, in this order:
:: The best Brexit deal for Britain;
:: A long-term plan for the NHS;
:: A strong economy;
:: Improving education;
:: Protecting the environment;
:: Tackling injustices;
:: Global Britain;
:: More homes.Is building more homes, really the party's lowest priority[/img]
Tory conference: Boris Johnson will be box office

The former foreign secretary has refused to apologise over comments in which which referred to women wearing the burka as 'letter boxes'.
Jeremy Hunt's odds have also shortened dramatically since his fairly gaffe-free start as foreign secretary.
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