This Week's Guests: 2013

Here's where to find out the names of the guests - and their videos - from This Week throughout the year.

Christmas recess

This Week returns on January 9

December 19th, 2013

Nigel Farage joined Diane, Michael and Miranda

Andrew Neil and Molly

The year was reviewed in two films with Quentin Letts, Kevin Maguire, Nick Watt and Miranda Green

2013 Upturn Abbey political review: Maguire and Letts (part one)

2013 Upturn Abbey political review: Maguire and Letts (part two)

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

December 12th, 2013

Jacqueline Gold, Isabel Hardman and Kate Nash

Jacqueline Gold

Michael Portillo on Nelson Mandela death media coverage

Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold on women in top jobs

Westminster political week round up with Isabel Hardman

Singer Kate Nash on 'selfie' photos and modern manners

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

December 5th, 2013

No programme due to breaking news about the death of Nelson Mandela

November 28th, 2013

Sir Martin Sorrell, John Pienaar and Rory Bremner

John Pienaar and friends

Martin Sorrell: Election campaigns 'getting nastier'

Pienaar's Westminster and Scottish independence review

Rory Bremner on Scottish independence comedy and jokes

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

November 21st, 2013

Jon Snow, Kevin Maguire and Delia Smith

Andrew Neil and Delia Smith

Cyclists: Jon Snow on cycling dangers of London roads

Westminster week political review with Kevin Maguire

Delia Smith on cooking skills and home-made food

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

November 14th, 2013

Mary Beard, Nick Watt and Tony Parsons (hosted by Emily Maitlis)

Alan Johnson, Michael Portillo, Emily Maitlis and Tony Parsons

Mary Beard on John Major, Russell brand and politics

Westminster week political review with Nick Watt

Remembrance Day is UK 'national day', says Tony Parsons

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

November 7th, 2013

George Clarke, Quentin Letts and Shazia Mirza

Andrew Neil and Shazia Mirza

George Clarke on property market and housebuilding figures

Westminster political week news review: Quentin Letts

Muslim comedian Shazia Mirza on wearing burka and niqab

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

October 31st, 2013

Stanley Johnson, Emily Maitlis and Malcolm Gladwell

Stanley Johnson with model railway

Stanley Johnson: HS2 rail plan will lose Tory voters

Maitlis on politics: power supplies and energy bills

Malcolm Gladwell: Syria, Saudi Arabia, Mandela and MLK

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

October 24th, 2013

Jonathon Porritt, Mehdi Hasan and Nicola Benedetti

Alan Johnson, Michael Portillo, Andrew Neil and Nicola Benedetti

Jonathon Porritt: Nuclear power, green taxes and energy policies

Westminster political week round up with Mehdi Hasan

Violinist Nicola Benedetti: Teaching and qualifications

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

October 17th, 2013

Philip Collins, Adam Boulton and Nicholas Parsons

Diane Abbott, Michael Portillo, Andrew Neil and Nicholas Parsons

Social mobility: Philip Collins on grammar schools

Westminster political round-up with Adam Boulton

Plebgate: Portillo heard Mitchell use 'pleb' word

Nicholas Parsons on Just a Minute and Morrissey book

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

October 10th, 2013

Martin Roberts, Isabel Hardman, John Barnes and Casey Stoney

Several images of Isabel Hardman on the netball court

Help to Buy: Martin Roberts on mortgages and house prices

Westminster political round-up with Isabel Hardman

England football and sports: Playing for national team

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

October 3rd, 2013

Will Kennard, Anne McElvoy and Bianca Gascoigne

This Week panel with Molly the Dog

Chase and Status DJ Will Kennard on music free school

Tory conference: Anne McElvoy reviews political week

Bianca Gascoigne on press coverage of her father Gazza

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

September 26th, 2013

Andrew Rawnsley, Frank Gardner, and Henning Wehn

Frank Gardner in BBC News studio

Rawnsley's Labour conference week political review

Frank Gardner: Nairobi-style terror attack in UK?

Henning Wehn: 'I want politicians as dull as possible'

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

September 19th, 2013

Christiane Amanpour, Simon Schama, Mary Ann Sieghart and Jodie Marsh

Peter Hain, Michael Portillo, Andrew Neil and Jodie Marsh

Syria: Christiane Amanpour on US military intervention

Lib Dem and political review with Mary Ann Sieghart

Jodie Marsh on women wearing veil in courts or hospitals

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

July 18th, 2013

Dr Ranj Smith, Anne McElvoy and Uri Geller

Dr Ranj Singh

TV doctor Ranj Singh gives diagnosis for health services

Westminster political and royal baby news round-up with Anne McElvoy

Uri Geller on reputations and intelligence agency work

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

July 11th, 2013

Matt Forde, Matthew Wright and Myleene Klass

Ken Livingstone, Michael Portillo, Andrew Neil and Myleene Klass

Matt Forde on Labour funding and union power

Westminster political new review with Matthew Wright

Myleene Klass on 'casual sexism' and Inverdale comments

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

July 4th, 2013

Ash Atalla, Victoria Derbyshire and Stuart Rose

Ash Atalla

Egypt: Ash Atalla on army deposing Mohammed Morsi

Westminster political news review with Victoria Derbyshire

Stuart Rose on Mark Carney and image for leaders

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

June 27th, 2013

Shaun Bailey, Aditya Chakrabortty and Alex Gibney

Jacqui Smith, Michael Portillo, Andrew Neil and Alex Gibney

Stephen Lawrence: Shaun Bailey calls for police inquiry

Westminster political headlines with Aditya Chakrabortty

Alex Gibney on wikileaks, Assange, Manning and Snowden

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

June 20th, 2013

Max Keiser, Laura Kuenssberg, Charlie Webster and Trisha Goddard

Andrew Neil, Charlie Webster and Trisha Goddard

Max Keiser on Parliamentary report on banking standards

Westminster political review with Laura Kuenssberg

Nigella and domestic abuse: Charlie Webster and Trisha Goddard

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

June 13th, 2013

Fiona Millar, Emily Maitlis and John Simpson

Andrew Neil and Emily Maitlis

GCSE changes: Fiona Millar and Michael Gove exam plans

Westminster political news review with Emily Maitlis

John Simpson on protests in Turkey, China and Prague

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

June 6th, 2013

Bob Crow, Nick Watt and Katy Brand

Bob Crow

Bob Crow opposes Labour change on universal benefits

Westminster news review with 'beekeeper' Nick Watt

Katy Brand: Indiscretions, Michael Douglas and HM Queen

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

May 16th, 2013

Toby Young, Adam Boulton and Katie Price

Katie Price

EU referendum: Toby Young on Cameron's European policy

Westminster political week review with Adam Boulton

Katie Price on Angelina Jolie cancer and mastectomy

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

May 9th, 2013

Eamonn Holmes, Quentin Letts and Eddie Pepitone

Eamonn Holmes

Holmes: Sir Alex Ferguson's lessons for politicians

Westminster political news review from Quentin Letts

Eddie Pepitone on British love of American culture

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

May 2nd, 2013

Ava Vidal, Mary Ann Sieghart, Nigel Farage, Miranda Green and Christine Hamilton

Ava Vidal outside prison

Prison 'no holiday camp' says ex-officer Ava Vidal

Local election political review with Mary Ann Sieghart

Christine Hamilton: Nostalgia and voting for Andrew Neil

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

April 25th, 2013

Maajid Nawaz, Matthew Wright and Henning Wehn

Maajid Nawaz

Maajid Nawaz on Syria, radical Islam and Boston bombings

Westminster political news round-up with Matthew Wright

Henning Wehn on British and German stereotypes and comedy

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

April 18th, 2013

Dan Hodges, Andrew Rawnsley and Kim Woodburn

Andrew Neil and Kim Woodburn

Dan Hodges on Ed Miliband and Labour election chances

Westminster political news review with Andrew Rawnsley

Thatcher funeral protests: Kim Woodburn on respect

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

April 11th, 2013

Will Self, Michelle Mone, Shirley Williams, Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pierce

Andrew Pierce and Kevin Maguire

Margaret Thatcher won hearts and votes says Andrew Neil

Thatcher political review with Pierce and Maguire

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

March 21st, 2013

David Starkey, Laura Kuenssberg, Gillian Tett and Sir Terry Wogan

Andrew Neil, Sir Terry Wogan and Molly the dog

Budget 2013: David Starkey on UK debt and austerity

Westminster political news review with Laura Kuenssberg

Sir Terry Wogan says Boris Johnson is 'common toff'

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

March 14th, 2013

Giles Fraser, Mehdi Hasan and Brian Moore

Rev Giles Fraser

Giles Fraser: Bishops more in touch over benefit reforms

Westminster political week round-up with Mehdi Hasan

Six Nations: Brian Moore on sporting and political rivalry

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

March 7th, 2013

Cheeky Girl Monica Irimia, Victoria Derbyshire and Nigel Kennedy

Cheeky Girl singer Monica Irimia

Cheeky Girl singer Monica Irimia on Romanian immigrants

Victoria Derbyshire's 'Bieber week' news review

Nigel Kennedy tips to Justin Bieber on handling fans

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

February 28th, 2013

EARLY: Miranda Green, Anne McElvoy and Alain de Botton

Miranda Green

Miranda Green on Rennard sex claims affecting Lib Dems

Westminster political news review with Anne McElvoy

Lord Prescott: Iraq war cannot be justified as an intervention

Alain de Botton on faith in police, NHS and church

LATE: Chuka Umunna, Grant Shapps, Paul Nuttall and Simon Hughes

How Huhne downfall led to Eastleigh by-election

Eastleigh constituency profile: Benny Hill worked here

Eastleigh by-election: Liberal Democrat Mike Thornton wins

Eastleigh by-election: 'Great honour' for winner Mike Thornton

Eastleigh by-election: New MP Mike Thornton on his win

Shapps: Eastleigh by-election result 'not terribly surprising'

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

February 14th, 2013

Jay Rayner, Jane Moore and Lemar

Jay Rayner in food shop

Horsemeat: Jay Rayner on supermarket and government role

Westminster political review from the Sun's Jane Moore

Lemar: internet and twitter for people in public eye

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

February 7th, 2013

Jacob Rees Mogg, Sarah Smith and David Baddiel

Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo on modernising Conservative Party

Political review of Westminster week with Sarah Smith

David Baddiel on Chris Huhne and public figures

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

January 31st, 2013

Lord West, Mary Ann Sieghart and Phil Daniels

Lord West

Mali: Lord West on UK defences and troops in Africa

Mary Ann Sieghart on the Westminster political week

Political drama: Phil Daniels and Alastair Campbell

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

January 24th, 2013

Neil Hamilton, Laura Kuenssberg, Katherine Ryan and Lowri Turner

Neil Hamilton making jam

EU referendum: Neil Hamilton on UKIP, Tories and Europe

Laura Kuenssberg's political review of Westminster news

Children's online activity: Katherine Ryan and Lowri Turner

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

January 17th, 2013

Kofi Annan, Anne McElvoy, Richard Madeley and Paula Hamilton

Andrew Neil and Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan on Mali, Algeria and hostage rescue mission

Political news review: Anne McElvoy's Westminster week

TV confessions: Richard Madeley and Paula Hamilton

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

January 10th, 2013

Janet Street-Porter, Quentin Letts and Amy Lame

Janet Street-Porter

'Leave us pensioners and our perks alone'

2012 Call Quentin: Mashing up political week

2012 Should we welcome oddness in politics?

Whole show on iPlayer (available for UK viewers for 12 months)

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Conservative conference

    15:37: Tax cut timings Norman Smith BBC Assistant Political Editor

    Conservative sources say they could begin their planned tax cuts ahead of 2018 if they make faster progress on deficit reduction than expected. They hold out the possibility that they could therefore begin incremental steps towards towards raising both the lower and higher tax thresholds before 2018. They will decide on a Budget-by-Budget basis.

    15:21: 'Yorkshireman' still trending on Twitter

    @paceless tweets: There are many Yorkshire ppl working at food banks who deserve the award more than any politician alive today. #yorkshireman. @SilverBackGriff tweets: PM calls Hague the 'greatest living Yorkshireman'. If that doesn't prove how totally out of touch he is, nothing will.

    15:18: Jessica Elgot, The Huffington Post UK

    writes: Is William Hague The Greatest Living Yorkshireman? Here's 10 Other Options. More than the tax cuts, or the spending slashes, it was David Cameron's assertion that the former foreign secretary is God's Own Country's greatest export that got social media a-buzz. Read more

    @BBCLouise 15:11: Louise Stewart, BBC

    tweets: And so the party conference circus moves on. Dismantling well underway. Next stop Glasgow for Lib Dems. See photo

    15:10: Paper reaction The Daily Telegraph

    "David Cameron pledges tax cuts for millions," headlines the Daily Telegraph. The paper notes that the move "delighted" Tory activists. It argues that Mr Cameron sought to answer Ed Miliband's charge that Britain's lowest earners were still suffering a "cost of living crisis" by taking millions of low earners out of tax completely. The paper's Whitehall editor, Holly Watts, notes that Mr Cameron's vow to take on Brussels by scrapping the Human Rights Act and seeking to cut immigration from Europe also went down well with the party faithful.

    15:08: More paper reaction The Guardian

    The Guardian describes David Cameron's announcements on raising the personal income tax allowance and the 40p tax rate threshold as an "audacious bid to woo middle and lower income earners in next year's general election". Chief political correspondent Nicholas Watt says the speech was designed by Tory strategists to lay the basis of a centre-ground Tory pitch to the nation - and to respond to threats from Labour and UKIP. He also picks up on the Tory leader's pledge to replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights, that would transform Britain's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights.

    15:06: Paper reaction The Daily Mail

    Unsurprisingly the majority of papers are leading on David Cameron's pledges to cut taxes if his party wins the election. David Cameron today put two major tax cuts at the heart of his bid for re-election, as he sought to see off the dual threats posed by Labour and UKIP with a patriotic plea for a Conservative majority government, writes the Daily Mail. Mailonline's political editor, Matt Chorley, says Mr Cameron unveiled a "bold slate" of policies for the Conservatives' election manifesto and moved his wife Samantha to "tears" with a "passionate defence" of the NHS.

    @michaelsavage 15:06: Michael Savage, Times Chief Political Correspondent

    tweets: Paul Johnson from the #IFS: It will be "very difficult" to see how the Tories' £7bn tax giveaway could be paid for.

    @JeremyCliffe 14:56: Jeremy Cliffe, The Economist's UK politics correspondent

    tweets: Of course Cameron's announcements are profligate. But public trust him with finances. He gets to pledge things Labour currently could not.

    14:55: Sticking to the script
    David Cameron Here's photographic proof David Cameron used a script, as promised, for his big speech
    14:49: Polling

    A new ComRes / ITV News poll suggests a majority - 57% - of the British public are dismissive of the Conservatives' record on the NHS and immigration. More than half polled (57%) thought the Conservatives' management of the NHS has been bad for Britain, while two thirds were unhappy with the party's handling of immigration. A majority also thought changes to university tuition fees and increasing spending on overseas aid have been to the detriment of the country - 55% and 56%, respectively. The only Tory policy seen by more of the British public as "good for Britain" than "bad for Britain" is the introduction of gay marriage, according to the poll. ComRes interviewed 2,024 British adults online between 26 and 28 September.

    @robindbrant 14:47: Robin Brant, Political Correspondent BBC News

    tweets: think the story later will be of a much bigger donation to @ukip but not another defection. happy to be proved wrong though on the latter.

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    Rob, Lichfield: In response to Patrick Wintour's tweet at 14.32 - the Human Rights Act (HRA) is a very short document that brings the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) into our law. Scrapping HRA would by definition scrap ECHR. What will be interesting is what the new Bill of Rights would put in its place.

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    Rebecca, Nottinghamshire: Cameron is certainly starting to sway my vote to being Tory for the first time.

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    BBC News website reader: I'm positive about the changes to tax - especially the 40% band. At last, the law-abiding hard-working middle are being recognised! Now let's please review stamp duty.

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    BBC News website reader: Being offered future tax cuts on the condition of economic recovery by a party that missed their own growth and deficit targets is hardly encouraging. Specific on the offers, vague on the means to achieve these offers.

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    Lee Sanders, Chichester: Mr Cameron, can't buy my vote back with a pledge to increase the 40% tax bracket to 50k after what you did to middle earners and families on the child benefit.

    @PCollinsTimes 14:36: Philip Collins, Writer, The Times

    tweets: As a piece of political writing, that was the best speech Cameron has done. Clear, well written and cleverly constructed.

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    Anna, Northumberland: Good, inspiring, motivating speech. He's got my vote and my help in canvassing for the first time.

    @tnewtondunn 14:35: Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun political editor

    Tweets: Ed Balls attacks Cameron's #cpc14 tax cuts as "pie in the sky promises" for not being costed - but interestingly doesn't rule out matching.

    @patrickwintour 14:32: Patrick Wintour, Political Editor of the Guardian

    tweets: Cameron says will scrap Human Rights Act and replace with British Bill of Rights. Does not say will quit European Convention on Human Rights.

    @rafaelbehr 14:30: Rafael Behr, Guardian columnist

    tweets: As with Osbo's big raid on working poor, I wonder if Tories getting just a bit cocky with this dubiously funded (upper) mid class tax cut.

    @NigelpMorris 14:30: Nigel Morris, Deputy Political Editor of the Independent

    tweets: Missing from Cameron speech - any reference to (1) Boris Johnson (2) Nick Clegg and the @LibDems #CPC14

    @joeyjonessky 14:29: Joey Jones, Deputy Political Editor, Sky News

    tweets: Cameron's best speech to conference since entering Downing St. Tone varied wildly, but good bits v good indeed.

    @JBeattieMirror 14:29: Jason Beattie, Daily Mirror political editor

    tweets: Things Cameron didn't mention, though he had a script: bedroom tax, food banks and A&E closures. Don't expect hounding from media on this.

    14:28: Olympic audience

    There was a second Olympic champion in the Conservatives' midst this conference. James Cracknell - double Olympic rowing gold medallist - was in the audience for David Cameron's speech. Mr Cracknell is hoping to stand as a Conservative candidate at the general election. Yesterday, Olympic cycling champion Rebecca Pendleton made a speech to party activists on the importance of school sport.

    Double Olympic medallist James Cracknell
    14:26: Union reaction

    Frances O'Grady, general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, says the speech marks an "RIP to compassionate conservatism". "No amount of dressing up can hide the fact that the policies in this speech pass by those who need the most help to reward richer voters" she says.

    @OwenJones84 14:20: Owen Jones, Guardian columnist

    tweets: David Cameron accidentally says he "resents" the poor. But it'd explain his cuts to benefits for workers, disabled and unemployed people.

    @krishgm 14:19: Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Anchor Channel 4 News and Unreported World

    tweets: @OllyGrender well it does seem increasingly plausible that the only person who won't change jobs in the next five years is Nick Clegg.

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    Remy Osman, Buckinghamshire: Just starting my career and Cameron's speech has convinced me a Tory government will support me to keep more of my salary and buy a house.

    14:09: Holly Watt, Whitehall Editor for the Telegraph

    writes: Michael Fallon confirms UK defence budget safe for now. The defence secretary says that Britain will continue to spend 2% of GDP on defence and attacks Labour's "terrible legacy". Read more

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    Martin Carter, Winchester: David Cameron certainly more prime ministerial than Ed Miliband's debacle last week. I'll have no qualms voting Tory next year.

    14:03: More reaction

    Some more reaction to the tax cuts set out by David Cameron in his final party conference speech before the election. Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, says: "This was a positive speech for taxpayers, with tax cuts for the lowest paid and long-overdue relief for ordinary people being clobbered by the higher rate of tax. Leaving more of people's money in their own pockets is not just morally right, but the best way to promote economic growth and long-term prosperity." Mr Isaby argues that the next step should be to bring National Insurance thresholds in line with income tax to take the lowest paid out of tax altogether.

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    BBC News website reader: Shot a lot of Labour and UKIP foxes in that speech. I listened on the radio and could hear the genuine passion in his voice. I felt that I was hearing the real man behind the smooth persona, and it was refreshing.

    @nigelfletcher 14:01: Nigel Fletcher, ex-Conservative adviser

    tweets: I saw both Miliband and Cameron after they'd given their speeches. I'd say this sums it up. #CPC14. See photo

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    David Holt, Margate. Kent: As a lifelong Labour supporter who lives in Margate I'd like to thank the prime minister for showing me a third way of supporting Ed Miliband by voting for Nigel Farage. My Labour vote is wasted in North Thanet! But thanks to David Cameron I now know my vote can now be effective thank you.

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    Chris Tuck: What a difference from last week's leaders speech. Coherent, sensible, planned and delivered with emotion. Without the predictable rhetoric of class war.

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    BBC News website reader: Cameron can stamp his foot and have a strop with his party faithful re our NHS. It cuts no mustard with voters.

    13:51: Lib Dem reaction

    Liberal Democrat Treasury Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander accuses the Conservatives of a "shameless attempt" to copy his party's policy on the personal tax allowance. He claims the Conservatives' plan for government is based solely on spending cuts that will most affect the working-age poor. The Lib Dems, however, would fund tax cuts "fairly" and ask those with the "broadest shoulders" to pay more, he says.

    @BBCNormanS 13:48: Norman Smith, BBC

    tweets: 800,000 tax payers will be taken out of higher rate tax band say Tory sources #cpc14

    13:46: Business reaction

    The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) welcomes pledges to maintain low corporation tax rates - but calls for further reductions in business rates. While applauding the PM's focus on addressing the UK's housing shortage, the BCC says governments need to be more ambitious and support private sector construction of at least 200,000 new homes per annum. Low corporation taxes are also welcomed by the Confederation of British Industry as a "positive signal to business". The organisation notes David Cameron's "commitment to a long-term economic plan for a successful Britain" - but stresses how "vital" access to the EU single market is for UK businesses.

    @MASieghart 13:43: Mary Ann Sieghart, Journalist

    tweets: 'Unlike some, I prefer to keep private conversations private,' says Gove on #WATO. Do hope he's not dissing the PM.

    13:41: Costs

    According to the Institute for Fiscal Studies' Paul Johnson, the combined cost of tax cuts promised by David Cameron under a Conservative government would be £7bn a year by 2020. Mr Johnson says that "even without tax giveaways plans to cut deficit down will require really extraordinary spending cuts" and adds that it will be "very important to understand how this is paid for".

    @David_Cameron 13:37: David Cameron

    tweets: My commitment to 30 million hardworking taxpayers: the @Conservatives will make sure your hard work is rewarded. See photo

    13:34: Gove on MPs' souls

    Asked about the defections to UKIP, Chief Whip Michael Gove says "he cannot see into the souls" of his fellow MPs and if people are "determined to be deceitful" there is little that he can do about it. He accuses Mark Reckless of "dishonouring" commitments he made to be in Birmingham and campaign for the party in Clacton. But he says he believes all remaining Tory MPs are "fantastically decent".

    @FraserNelson 13:32: Fraser Nelson, editor of The Spectator

    Tweets: "Cameron is right to focus on 'me in Downing St or Ed Miliband in Downing St'. Even now he is the Tory party's most valuable single asset."

    @George_Osborne 13:27: George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer

    Tweets: "Best speech PM's given. Spelt out clear plan for next 5 years. Contrast with last week couldn't be starker".

    13:25: 'Powerful signal' BBC Radio 4

    Michael Gove is doing the rounds after his leader's speech. He tells the World at One that he disagrees with his former adviser Dominic Cummings, who has claimed that the prime minister previously said there was "no money" for such tax cuts. He says the tax plans "send a very powerful signal" that the Conservatives will enable hard-working people to keep more of their own money.

    13:23: Appreciation
    Conservative activists
    13:21: MEPs grill Hill

    In other news, the UK's nomination for the next European Commission, Lord Hill, is facing a pre-confirmation hearing in the European Parliament. He is being scrutinised by MEPs from the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee on the financial services portfolio he has been given by Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker.

    13:20: IFS on tax cuts

    The proposal to raise the personal allowance to £12,500 will cost £7bn, the Institute for Fiscal Studies says. The think tank's director Paul Johnson tells the BBC it is a "big cost" - more than double the amount of welfare savings announced by George Osborne earlier this week.

    13:19: Personal plea Nick Robinson Political editor

    The speech was highly personal. The prime minister was almost saying: "You may not like me or my party but you have a simple choice between me and Ed Miliband." The Conservatives think this is a winning message.

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    Richard, Worksop: Well I'm nailing my vote to the Tory flag pole, well delivered helpful to me and my family - I live in a labour fortress though so won't make a difference.

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    Julie in Kent: Great speech but what about the people in their forties who lost their homes the last time Tories were in and negative equity was one of the most used phrases ever, and have never recovered. They don't qualify for all these first time buyer schemes and are looking only at becoming 'rest of life renters!' What are the Tories doing to help this group?

    13:11: Letting go

    Conservative chief whip Michael Gove tells BBC Daily Politics that David Cameron's pledge to raise the 40p income rate tax threshold will cost "just under £2bn". He confirms that the announced tax cuts would not take place until the books are balanced. Andrew Neil raises Conservative MP defections to UKIP, and asks Mr Gove why he is "so useless" at his job. In an entertaining exchange, Mr Gove says he tries his best, to which Mr Neil suggests "Your best is not good enough". "Well that's what my mother's always told tell me," Mr Gove responds. He says once someone decides "in their heart" they are going to leave a political party or an organisation it is hard to stop them.

    Andrew Neil and Michael Gove
    13:09: A sense of relief?
    The Camerons
    @bbcnickrobinson 13:05: Nick Robinson, BBC

    tweets: Cameron's speech = classic Tory Coke - sound money, tax cuts, a fight with Europe. The question - has Britain got the taste for it?

    13:04: Farage reaction

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage says: "None of David Cameron's promises are achievable without fundamental treaty change. Is that what he is now suggesting?"

    13:02: Main points

    Just a recap of the main points from the PM's speech. He promised to raise the point at which people start paying income tax to earnings of £12,500 a year and to increase the threshold for higher-rate income tax to £50,000. He also pledged not to cut NHS funding in England between 2015 and 2020, and to abolish exclusive zero-hours contracts.

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    Chris, Notts: Cameron looks very strong today, he made Miliband look like a fool.

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    BBC News website reader: I like the idea of that tax cut, but how on earth is it going to be paid for?

    12:54: Michael Gove Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Conservative Chief Whip Michael Gove tells Andrew Neil that he is not going to say "what is in each progressive Budget", but that the promises made by David Cameron in his speech will be fulfilled by 2020.

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    BBC News website reader: Liked Cameron's speech! Sounded good. Still need to know how it gets funded, economic growth?

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    Ben from Gloucestershire: How about some balance? I, like millions of others, see through Cameron's predictable party conference rhetoric. Not remarkable, predictable.

    12:49: Robinson verdict Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    BBC political editor Nick Robinson says the speech was a "classic Tory" one, arguing for tax cuts and a fight with Europe. But he also notes that Labour will immediately ask: "Where is this cash coming from?"

    12:47: Big exit
    David and Samantha Cameron
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    Chris, in Lancashire: Whatever your political views, you have to say that speech was brilliant.

    @Kevin_Maguire 12:45: Kevin Maguire, Daily Mirror associate editor & New Statesman columnist

    tweets: On style, Cam gave Mili a lecture on how a podium and autocue can trump walking and forgetting. On substance, however...

    12:45: Mac is back

    David Cameron leaves the stage to the sound of Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac - a song much-heard at Bill Clinton campaign rallies in 1992.

    12:44: It's over
    David Cameron and Samantha Cameron
    12:44: Speech done

    Reaching his finale, David Cameron says: "Let's not go back to square one. Let's finish what we have begun. Let's build a Britain we are proud to call home, for you, for your family, for everyone." He receives a standing ovation from the crowd, and is joined by his wife Samantha on stage.

    12:42: 'Better future'

    In an emotional plea to voters, David Cameron says he does not claim to be a "perfect leader". I'm your public servant standing here wanting to make our country so much better for your children and mine, he says. Mr Cameron expresses his love for the country and insists he has the track record and the right team to secure a better future for the country.

    12:39: Cameron jokes about Farage and Miliband
    David Cameron addressing the conference
    12:39: 'Proud again'

    We are making Britain proud again, David Cameron says of the Conservatives. He say exports to China are doubling, with manufacturing booming, record levels of employment and the country taking a lead on climate change. All the hard work is finally paying off and the light is coming up after some long, dark days, the prime minister adds.

    12:37: Farage

    David Cameron says there is only one real choice - the Conservatives or Labour. A vote for UKIP is a vote for Labour, he adds. On 7 May you could "go to bed with Nigel Farage and wake up with Ed Miliband", the PM warns.

    12:35: Healthcare spending

    Here is the breakdown of how the government allocated funds to healthcare services in the 2012-13 calendar year, via the BBC's Nick Triggle.

    Spending on health care services 2012-13
    12:35: Bill of Rights

    David Cameron pledges a new British Bill of Rights under a future Conservative government, and the abolition of Labour's Human Rights Act.

    12:34: Migration statistics

    Here are the official statistics on international migration since 1995.

    Long-term international migration
    12:33: Immigration

    David Cameron recaps on his vision for a future Britain - where reward will follow effort and if you put in you get out. But it must also be strong in the world and control its own destiny, he adds, and makes reference to immigration. Mr Cameron says this will be at the very heart of his EU renegotiation strategy. He pledges that he will "not take no for an answer" on free movement. Anyone who thinks he can't achieve this should judge him by his record, he tells activists - pointing out that he secured the first ever EU budget cut. Only the Conservatives can offer the answer on Europe, and deliver the in/out referendum, he adds.

    Text: 61124 12:32: Get involved

    BBC News website reader: Wow a tax cut for middle income earners. I must be dreaming. Now that would make a huge difference

    @JohnRentoul 12:32: John Rentoul, Columnist, Independent on Sunday

    tweets: Got me. Well deserved standing ovation for Cameron saying, How dare Labour frighten people about his intentions on the NHS.

    12:31: Unemployment

    Here are the official figures on unemployment and claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance since 1992.

    Unemployment and Jobseeker's Allowance in the UK 1992-2014
    12:30: Deficit/surplus

    David Cameron has promised to cut the deficit and achieve a government surplus. Here is the official projection for the next five years.

    Structural deficit and surplus
    @JamesManning4 12:29: James Manning, Head of Social at @TheSunNewspaper

    tweets: Huge emotion from Cameron on the NHS there. Remarkable moment.

    12:29: Breaking News

    David Cameron promises to ring-fence the NHS budget from government spending cuts over the course of the next parliament, if the Conservatives win power. He says this is only made possible because of the government's economic management. Labour will "never understand" that you can only have a strong NHS if you have a strong economy, he adds. Remember, health care is a devolved matter in the UK, so these proposals are for the NHS in England.

    12:28: NHS

    David Cameron accuses Labour of spreading "lies" about the NHS - and says Labour is the party of the scandal of Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. He recalls his experience of the health service with his late son, Ivan, and tells conference: "How dare they suggest I would ever put that at risk for other people's children." The party rises to its feet in support.

    12:26: Pensions

    David Cameron hails the government's pensions reforms, which meets with applause from party activists.

    @DuncanWeldon 12:25: Duncan Weldon, Economics Correspondent, BBC Newsnight

    tweets: Raising the higher rate threshold to £50,000 would cost around £5.5bn. So this tax package has a total cost of approx £17.5bn.

    12:24: Teenagers

    David Cameron praises the National Citizens' Service - and pledges that a future Conservative government would guarantee a place on the scheme for every teenage in the country.

    12:23: Unions

    Some more Labour attack from David Cameron - as he criticises the party's links with the unions. He says the Conservatives are the trade union for ordinary hard-working people and families.

    @patrick_kidd 12:23: Patrick Kidd, Editor of The Times Diary column

    tweets: This is a really good speech. Unless you viscerally hate Cameron and the Tories in which case nothing he could say would change you.

    Tweet: @BBCPolitics 12:22: Get involved

    @Brynleydm tweets: @BBCLouise @BBCPolitics Cameron speech full of what no mention of how

    12:22: Education

    David Cameron tells activists the education system has improved significantly thanks to the Conservatives' education reforms - "with teachers who feel like leaders again". But Labour would risk all this, he claims. He attacks shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, who he claims is trying to restrict the educational advantages he had has a child - whereas "I want to spread them to every child" in the country.

    12:21: Samantha Cameron hears her husband talk about their daughter
    Samantha Cameron watching her husband
    12:20: Home ownership

    David Cameron turns to housing. He says planning reforms and the Help to Buy scheme have boosted housing supply and helped first-time buyers to get on to the housing ladder. Labour was wrong to oppose these policies, the PM adds. He reiterates the Conservatives' plan for 100,000 new starter homes for first-time buyers under the age of 40 at 20% off the market value. The Conservatives are the party of home ownership once again, Mr Cameron declares.

    @paulwaugh 12:18: Paul Waugh, Editor of

    tweets: Cameron conference audience feeling 'At last, a proper tax cut for those on middle incomes!'

    12:17: Forgetting

    David Cameron goes on the attack now - criticising Ed Miliband for forgetting to mention the deficit in his speech. In a conciliatory note, Mr Cameron says people forget car keys and that he even forget his child in a pub (queue an apology to his wife, Samantha, in the audience). But you cannot be prime minister of this country if you forget to mention the most important issue it faces, he adds.

    @rosschawkins 12:16: Ross Hawkins, BBC

    tweets: Cameron takes aim at Nick Clegg's fox

    12:15: Spending choice

    Let the message go out that under the Conservatives, if you work hard and do the right thing, we say you should keep all of your own money to spend as you choose, David Cameron tells conference.

    12:15: PM: Minimum-wage earners to pay "nothing"
    David Cameron on taxes


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