Tuesday at Conservative conference 2012: As it happened

Key points

  • Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced plans to change the law on confronting burglars
  • London Mayor Boris Johnson has paid tribute to David Cameron, praising his "firm leadership" and ability to take "tough decisions"
  • Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said NHS staff must become the "best in the world" at looking after the elderly

Live text

Reporting:

  • Aiden James 
  • Kayte Rath 
  • Sean Clare 

Last updated 9 October 2012

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the third day of the Conservatives' annual conference in Birmingham. It's the day when London Mayor Boris Johnson, a hugely popular figure among delegates, makes his address. Among the others giving speeches are Home Secretary Theresa May, Education Secretary Michael Gove and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling will be unveiling his plans to change the law to give greater protection to people who attack burglars.

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Conference has kicked off with the first session of the day. Environment and energy ministers are holding a Q&A with party members, chaired by Stourbridge MP Margot James.

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Energy and climate change minister John Hayes is speaking from the podium. He says that he believes the reason behind his appointment is that he is "energy personified".

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ITV's Tim Gatt tweets: Wonder if these new laws giving householders greater protection against burglars are intended to protect Dave from BoJo breaking into No 10?

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Boris Johnson Boris Johnson had to fight his way through a media scrum when he arrived in Birmingham yesterday

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Energy minister John Hayes tells conference that ordinary people will not suffer energy shortages because of the theories of "cosseted, bourgeois academics" - perhaps signalling that he favours the energy part of his brief over the climate change part.

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Boris Johnson is expected to draw in the crowds when he takes to the stage at around 1100BST. Last night he sought to play down speculation about tensions with David Cameron. He told a meeting of activists that the prime minister was doing "exactly what is needed for this country". Read more here.

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Back to the Q&A with a question on fracking. A party member from the floor says that the practice used to extract shale gas is "not dangerous at all". It could be just as valuable as North Sea oil, he argues. Energy Minister John Hayes agrees that there is a "great opportunity" but we must be mindful of the "geology and geography".

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Royston Rogers Farmer Royston Rogers presses the panel about the government's planned badger cull

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Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is at the podium for his keynote speech, paying tribute to his predecessor Caroline Spelman and accusing Labour of "neglect" of the countryside when they were in power.