As it happened: Tuesday at the Conservative conference

Key Points

  • London Mayor Boris Johnson focuses his speech on housing, and urges the government to tackle the "baleful effects of stamp duty in London"
  • Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith argues that the government is "returning fairness" to the welfare system
  • England's health watchdog the Care Quality Commission will be given statutory independence, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announces

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  1.  
    1650:

    And that's it for our live coverage for today. The final day of conference begins at 9:15 BST tomorrow, with David Cameron due to address his party at 11:00 BST.

     
  2.  
    1647:

    Under the headline "Migrants do the 'menial' jobs British youths won't, claims Boris Johnson", the Express focuses on one of the key points in the London mayor's speech. He had wondered aloud if Jamie Oliver "has a point" when the chef complained about the work ethic of British young people.

     
  3.  
    1645:

    The Mirror castigates the prime minister on the same topic, urging readers to "Listen to David Cameron admit he doesn't know the price of value bread", and depicting the PM's face on the inside of a breadmaker in an elaborate photo-montage.

     
  4.  
    1640:

    The Daily Mail reports that David Cameron "struggled" when LBC 97.3 presenter Nick Ferrari questioned him on the price of a value loaf. "I've got a bread maker at home which I delight in using and it turns out in all sorts of different ways," he replied. The newspaper claims that the breadmaker in question cost more than £100.

     
  5.  
    1632:

    The Guardian concentrates on today's announcement from the prime minister on expanding access to GPs: Surgeries to open seven days a week.

     
  6.  
    1631:

    Here's how some of the papers are responding to today's conference speeches. In the Telegraph, Dan Hodges writes that "The Tories are no longer fanatical about Boris". He thinks that "Borismania has reached its apex".

     
  7.  
    1619:

    Michael Gove gets a standing ovation for his speech. And that ends the afternoon session at conference.

     
  8.  
    Emstar44

    tweets: Maybe teachers are striking Michael Gove because you've treated them with complete contempt for the last 3 years! #cpc13

     
  9.  
    Matthew McDonald

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay "Don't put your ideology before our children's interests." Thick with irony. Speak to the teachers I know for a change.

     
  10.  
    1615:

    Michael Gove says Labour's approach to education represents "a huge gaping hole where their heart should be".

     
  11.  
    1612:

    Michael Gove says that "trade union muscle" has reduced the Labour party "to a cowering blancmange".

     
  12.  
    Kevin Donnelly

    texts: Winifred Okocha. Yes modular AS and A Levels appeared under Major. Not sure why this means today's Tories 20 years later should support them.

     
  13.  
    1610:

    Michael Gove says "leaders of the militant teaching unions have called a strike" against performance-related pay. "They want to stop good teachers being paid more money," he argues.

     
  14.  
    Sam MacRory, Total Politics

    tweets: Rare coalition love-in: Michael Gove praises Lib Dems David Laws & Sarah Teather (though it's for supporting 'our policies') #cpc13

     
  15.  
    1608:

    Michael Gove says his "modern, progressive, radical and mainstream" education policy has support in the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties, and even in the US Democratic party.

     
  16.  
    1606:

    Michael Gove says Pimlico School in London used to be "a bastion of NUT nonsense" but is now Pimlico Academy sponsored by John Nash, an education minister in the House of Lords.

     
  17.  
    Winifred Okocha

    tweets: Someone told me that modules were brought in by Tories. Can anyone confirm or deny this? #con13

     
  18.  
    1604:

    Michael Gove says Education Minister Elizabeth Truss has "taken the exam system by the scuff of the neck" and tackled "dumbing down and dodgy questions".

     
  19.  
    1602:

    Michael Gove is on stage for his keynote speech to conference. He says the Conservatives are now "the party of social justice".

     
  20.  
    1601:

    Paying tribute to Conservative policy-makers for enabling the creation of his school, Bedford Free School principal Mark Lehain also thanks "Tony Blair and Andrew Adonis for pressing ahead with their academies programme". He jokes with the crowd: "Not so popular?"

     
  21.  
    Rob Merrick, Westminster reporter for The Northern Echo

    tweets: Bedford Free School pupil tells #cpc13 about wonders of drama, science, sport - does anyone think 'traditional' schools shun these things??

     
  22.  
    1549:

    Conservatives are hearing from a pupil from Bedford Free School.

     
  23.  
    1548:

    Citizens Advice warns that Iain Duncan Smith's proposal to require benefits recipients to attend jobcentres five days a week could harm their chances of finding work. Chief executive Gillian Guy adds: "For many people, their caring responsibilities, mobility problems or sky-high transport costs will make it very difficult for them to attend community work or jobcentres every day."

     
  24.  
    1542:

    George Parker gets a standing ovation and Michael Gove calls him "my kind of union activist".

     
  25.  
    1540:

    Although it he says it could mean "a lot of problems from my union buddies", George Parker praises Michael Gove for cutting "bureaucracy" and "holding teachers to account". Performance-related pay "can work", he adds.

     
  26.  
    Wonder Academy

    tweets: So, the message from Tory conference: trade unions keep bad teachers in schools whilst the market puts unqualified teachers in

     
  27.  
    1536:

    Two of the biggest and most colourful characters in British politics have appeared at rival fringe events - starting at exactly the same time - at the Conservative conference. BBC reporters Brian Wheeler and Chris Mason consider who went down best out of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage.

     
  28.  
    1535:

    George Parker says he decided to "stand up and say things that union leaders don't say... to promote the kind of reforms that union leaders don't promote". It has led to him sometimes being in an "isolated box", he says.

     
  29.  
    1534:

    George Parker says his views changed when he realised he had "lied" to a pupil about "putting the best teachers in the classroom" when his union had spent £10,000 on an appeal "to put a bad teacher back in the classroom".

     
  30.  
    1529:

    The next speaker is George Parker, a former president of a US teachers' union. He brings greetings from "the shutdown capital of the world".

     
  31.  
    Harriet Raine of Conservative Future

    tweets: Writer and broadcaster, Lindsay Johns speaking on education of young people in Peckham - no bling, slang or baggy jeans allowed! #cpc13

     
  32.  
    James Thompson, Croydon

    emails: Lindsay Johns is eloquent and inspiring. This is exactly who we need inspiring the next generation.

     
  33.  
    Jack White

    tweets: #lindsayjohns: the voice of the compassionate, politically correct Tories? Yeah right! Same Tories, different year.

     
  34.  
    1523:

    Lindsay Johns says some people have a "poverty of aspiration" which has kept them in "mental ghettos".

     
  35.  
    1514:

    Lindsay Johns, who mentors young people in Peckham, south London, says he is opposed to "street slang that makes you sound as if you've had a frontal lobotomy" and "pernicious accoutrements of bling culture". He wants young people to "confound, not conform to, stereotypes".

     
  36.  
    1510:

    Michael Gove introduces Lindsay Johns, whose Guardian profile calls him a "writer, broadcaster and 'hip-hop intellectual'".

     
  37.  
    Kris Backer-Rowley

    tweets: I think some Tories need to take a few first year Politics classes. Marxism is not Stalinism. Democratic Marxism is not totalitarianism.

     
  38.  
    1506:

    Opening the education session, MP Chris Skidmore says that standards have been damaged by "extreme teaching unions, left-wing theorists and yes, the Labour party". He says Michael Gove is the best Education Secretary "in decades".

     
  39.  
    1504:

    The health secretary finishes by saying that Britain should not only be "the best country to grow up in" but "the best country to grow old in too".

     
  40.  
    1503:

    Jeremy Hunt says the Conservatives are "the doctors' party, the nurses' party and, yes, the patients' party".

     
  41.  
    Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    tweets: "We need to rediscover the ideal of the family doctor" says Jeremy Hunt #cpc13 #nhs

     
  42.  
    1502:

    Jeremy Hunt says he wants to give GPs "the time and space to care proactively for vulnerable older people". He says Labour's GP contract changes broke "the personal link" between doctors and their patients. From next year there will be named GPs responsible for care for older people, he adds.

     
  43.  
    1500:

    Jeremy Hunt says the government has cut waiting lists, MRSA infection rates and mixed-sex wards. He praises David Cameron's "commitment to the NHS" and says his predecessor Andrew Lansley was courageous to give GPs control of budgets.

     
  44.  
    Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    tweets: Jeremy Hunt announces he'll legislate to give Care Quality Commission same independence as Bank of England #cpc13

     
  45.  
    1457:

    Jeremy Hunt says Labour is obsessed with the "so-called privatisation" of the NHS. He adds: "For patients, it's not public versus private. It's good care versus bad care."

     
  46.  
    1456:

    Jeremy Hunt says it is not the rich but the "most vulnerable" who suffer from NHS failures. "Labour betrayed the very people they claim to stand up for," he says.

     
  47.  
    1455:
    Jeremy Hunt

    Of the failures in care in NHS hospitals, Jeremy Hunt says: "These problems should never have happened in the first place." He adds that things will sometimes go wrong "in a huge organisation" but "under Labour things had been done to cover up those mistakes".

     
  48.  
    1452:

    The health secretary says it is his duty, "however painful", to look into problems in the NHS "and stop them being repeated". That is why 11 hospitals have been put into special measures, he says.

     
  49.  
    1450:

    Jeremy Hunt says: "In all the places I've worked I've never seen people strive harder" than on "the NHS front line".

     
  50.  
    1449:

    Jeremy Hunt says he has learned about the health service by "putting on a uniform" and "mucking in". He says he often gets told: "You're much nicer than we thought you'd be."

     
  51.  
    1447:

    Jeremy Hunt begins his speech, telling conference that his first 12 months as Health Secretary have been "a wonderful year in a remarkable organisation".

     
  52.  
    Paul Rogers

    tweets: I noted that Zac Goldsmith's Tory oak has turned blue (from green) at this year's Conservative Party conference - a #fracking reference..?

     
  53.  
    John Connor

    tweets: Words to remember from this year's Tory conference: "The Supreme Goviet" and "Borisconi". Genius. #cpc13

     
  54.  
    1438:

    More praise for Jeremy Hunt as Elaine Inglesby-Burke, director of nursing at Salford Royal Foundation Trust, tells conference she is "delighted that the secretary of state has prioritised quality and safety".

     
  55.  
    1435:

    Party activist Gerry Yates says the health secretary has been "putting the hours in, changing beds and cleaning wards himself" at NHS hospitals.

     
  56.  
    Columnist Joan Smith

    tweets: The Tory conference. Everyone is talking about the Labour leader's Dad. Brilliant.

     
  57.  
    1432:

    The afternoon session of conference is starting. The session focuses on education and health. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is due to address conference from around 14:45 BST.

     
  58.  
    Harry Smith, Westminster correspondent for STV

    tweets: Osborne says no secret plans/talks now on post 2015 cons/lib dem coalition - for now "we've got to make gov work"

     
  59.  
    1417:

    Iain Duncan Smith tells The World at One that he and George Osborne are "good friends" despite claims the chancellor questioned his abilities. A new book claims Mr Osborne said that when you see presentations from Mr Duncan Smith you "realise he's just not clever enough". Mr Duncan Smith says this is "completely untrue".

     
  60.  
    1405:
    Sir George Young Tory Chief Whip Sir George Young queues to listen to Boris Johnson's speech.
     
  61.  
    1353:

    David Cameron has said his blood pressure is going "off the chart" as he makes his final preparations for his speech to the Conservative Party conference. The PM joked with a nurse as he toured a medical centre in Manchester to highlight a scheme to extend GP surgery hours in England.

     
  62.  
    1343:

    The government's Work Programme is succeeding, Iain Duncan Smith says.

     
  63.  
    1341:

    People will not have to travel long distances to receive intensive support with CVs and other aspects of gaining employment, Iain Duncan Smith says,

     
  64.  
    1339:

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith says Germany does a better job than the UK of "profiling" people early on to ensure they can be returned to the Labour market as quickly as possible. The changes he has announced are about learning from others, he tells BBC Radio 4's World at One.

     
  65.  
    1333:
    Eric Pickles Communities Secretary Eric Pickles hit out at Labour councils during his speech.
     
  66.  
    1325:

    The UK's rising population is creating an urgent need for a "real conversation in this country about this issue", Boris Johnson says. The largest contributing factor, he says, is "not immigration, by the way, it's live births", he tells BBC Radio 4. "We can find space, and we can build the homes, and we can cope."

     
  67.  
    1324:
    Boris Johnson Boris Johnson gathers his thoughts before facing the media.
     
  68.  
    1323:

    The mayor himself has been taking to the airwaves to emphasise some of the points in his speech. Londoners are being hampered from moving to near where they work "because of the sheer cost of stamp duty", he tells BBC Radio 4's World at One.

     
  69.  
    1320:
    Conservative Party member Time for a break: A Conservative conference-goer catches up on events between speeches
     
  70.  
    1315:

    "Boris always brings lightness of heart to any gathering," says Peter Lilley, the former Conservative Social Security Secretary, of the mayor of London's speech. He may not have delivered "quite so much oomph as last time" but there was plenty of "bonhomie", he tells BBC Radio 4's World at One.

     
  71.  
    1309:

    Pundits have begun to venture verdicts on Boris Johnson's speech. The Guardian's Michael White wonders whether spectators have just witnessed the moment that "Johnson's mercurial career begin its long, slow decline". He declares: "To call the speech a cut-and-paste job would be to insult scissors and glue."

     
  72.  
    1301:

    Labour MP Diane Abbott has exposed Eric Pickles' "biscuit bill", according to the Daily Mail. Although the communities secretary devoted much of his conference speech to his fondness for frugality, the newspaper reports that the Department for Communities and Local Government spent £10,000 more on snacks for meetings than it did last year. Ms Abbott is quoted as saying: "Nobody begrudges Eric the odd digestive but he needs to cut his biscuit bill."

     
  73.  
    Jennifer Rigby, Channel 4 News

    tweets: I would not have described Tory conference in Manchester as the world's most romantic setting. And yet I've seen three couples holding hands

     
  74.  
    Chris, Belper

    texts: If the Work Programme is a success then what does failure look like? Latest figures show a 3.5% success rate for people finding work- falling to 0.9% of those coming off disability and sickness benefits.

     
  75.  
    HelenB

    tweets: watching @campbellclaret singing with an Elvis lookalike at the Tory Party Conference. Has the world gone a bit mad? Minimum pricing good.

     
  76.  
    Cllr James Cottis, Rochford District Council

    tweets: Has anyone at Tory conference seen the singing Elvis?

     
  77.  
    1241:

    From the BBC's Brian Wheeler in Manchester: The troops are getting restless. Tory members are fed up of being asked to queue to get into the main hall for the big speeches. Much grumbling about poor management at the fringe meeting I'm at.

     
  78.  
    Ron Ron and Paul

    tweets: Maria Miller rabbiting on about Olympic Games that Labour arranged and Tories didn't want Maria Miller had nothing at all to do with it

     
  79.  
    Leona

    tweets: Jobcentres will need to employ 1000s of new staff to cope with increased demand for classes/Signing on etc - employment solved! #tories

     
  80.  
    Labour's press team

    tweets: IDS praising a marriage tax allowance that IFS says will only benefit 28% of married couples & just 15% of families with children

     
  81.  
    1235:

    That's the end of the morning session. Conference takes a break for refreshments and fringe meetings until 14:30 BST, when Education Secretary Michael Gove and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will speak.

     
  82.  
    Will Black

    tweets: #cpc13 has been disasterous for Tories. It's just reinforced the view that they don't understand Britain. Danny Dyer has more insight

     
  83.  
    1234:

    Representatives rise to applaud Iain Duncan Smith, as he concludes. He drove home two main themes in his speech, branding Labour as "the welfare party" and saying the government is "returning fairness to the system".

     
  84.  
    1232:

    The work and pensions secretary says: "Our mission is to help these people restore hope, build aspiration and restore self-reliance once again."

     
  85.  
    Duncan Keeling

    tweets: Horrified to see the #Tories' #workfare scheme seems to have struck a positive chord with the public. Makes #zerohour contracts look good.

     
  86.  
    1230:

    Iain Duncan Smith says: "At last, no longer will a life on benefits be an option if you can work." He insists that that the government will be on people's sides "when they need us but not on their backs when they don't".

     
  87.  
    1228:

    Iain Duncan Smith says that "forces of reaction" are against what he is trying to do.

     
  88.  
    1227:

    The work and pensions secretary says the government will "pilot a mandatory attendance centre" where the unemployed will be required to attend from 9-5, mimicking a working week. "This marks the end of a something for nothing culture," he says, to applause.

     
  89.  
    SMCashman

    tweets: Is there anyone under 60 at the Tory Party conference. #cpc13

     
  90.  
    1225:

    Iain Duncan Smith says the new single-tier state pension will "bring an end to the means test for those who work hard and contribute".

     
  91.  
    1221:

    Iain Duncan Smith says the benefit cap is supported "by more than 70%" of the public. He tells union leaders "who hate it" that a majority of their members support the cap.

     
  92.  
    Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    tweets: IDS repeatedly brands Labour as the "Welfare Party" #cpc13

     
  93.  
    Amy

    tweets: Tories may be putting more £ into disability benefits - their DLA reforms are expensive. More money doesn't equal more support given #cpc13

     
  94.  
    1219:

    Iain Duncan Smith defends the "revolutionary methods" of his work programme in paying providers by results. People on the programme have returned to work "and that is returning fairness to the system", he argues.

     
  95.  
    1217:

    Iain Duncan Smith says Labour "replaced the safety net with a web of dependency - a growing sense of entitlement".

     
  96.  
    Quackers Cullen

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay Welfare really needs to come down! Too much spent by #Labour.... #cpc13

     
  97.  
    1216:

    The work and pension secretary says Labour spent more than £25bn to "park" people who weren't working on sickness benefits. "Labour's reckless welfare spending cost every household in Britain an extra £3,000 a year," he claims.

     
  98.  
    1214:

    Iain Duncan Smith says the coalition "inherited an economy that was, to all intents and purposes, bust".

     
  99.  
    1213:

    Iain Duncan Smith praises his ministerial team for "working so hard over the last 12 years". He says he meant 12 months, but jokes "it seems like years".

     
  100.  
    Tim Rich

    tweets: If I was a Tory I'd be pretty irritated that the Mail has boosted Ed Miliband's standing while distracting attention from my conference.

     
  101.  
    1206:

    Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is due to address conference in a couple of minutes.

     
  102.  
    1205:

    Francis Maude says that Labour has moved to the left not because Ed Miliband has "led it there" but because he has "been led there" by the unions.

     
  103.  
    1203:

    There will be "no taxpayer funded full-time union officials" in government departments without a secretary of state's approval, Francis Maude says.

     
  104.  
    Stephen McKenna

    tweets: I do not know of any first time home buyers who seek to buy a 600k property. The Tories do not know what is what? They do know their friends

     
  105.  
    Norman Smith, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: Monsieur Johnson insists his Juppe quip..."Was just a joke" #cpc13

     
  106.  
    1157:

    Francis Maude accuses Ed Miliband, one of his predecessors in the Cabinet Office, of failing to introduce money-saving reforms during his tenure.

     
  107.  
    Alan

    texts: The Tories can't stop talking about the Labour Party. Do they have nothing good to say about their own Party?

     
  108.  
    1152:

    Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude is now on his feet, condemning Labour's "reprehensible" and "indefensible" record on public spending. They spent taxpayers' money like it was "going out of fashion" and under the coalition it has, he says.

     
  109.  
    1147:

    The communities secretary is speaking about the "scandal of leaseholders being ripped off by inefficient municipal landlords and kicking those who took up the Right to Buy". He says: "We need to increase protection for former Right to Buy leaseholders."

     
  110.  
    1146:

    Eric Pickles says Labour councils make "make lazy choices, a bleeding-stump strategy of axing the frontline, all so they can play politics and wave the red flag".

     
  111.  
    Norman Smith, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: Boris J attacks impact of stamp duty on house buyers in London "stamping on fingers of those trying to get on" #cpc13

     
  112.  
    Hambo

    comments: Cameron is probably just counting the number of working hours lost to people taking time off to visit their GP, instead of keeping their noses to the grindstone.

     
  113.  
    Alan Travis, Guardian home affairs editor,

    tweets: Nick Herbert reveals that as a minister in two departments, Michael Fallon had to write letters to himself and then reply to them..#cfc13

     
  114.  
    1136:

    Eric Pickles accuses Labour of wanting to "confiscate private land and build over the green belt".

     
  115.  
    1135:

    Eric Pickles says: "Under Labour council tax more than doubled. We are working with councils to freeze it."

     
  116.  
    1133:

    Eric Pickles paints a picture of a possible future coalition between the Lib Dems and Labour, with union leaders "taking us back to the 1970s" and Chris Huhne as home secretary promising "votes for prisoners".

     
  117.  
    1132:

    Eric Pickles is apparently also feeling chummy with his coalition partners the Lib Dems. "It's always a delight to be working with our yellow chums inside Whitehall", but good to be at a Conservative conference, he says.

     
  118.  
    1129:

    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is speaking next. MP Jackie Doyle-Price introduces him as "your chum and mine".

     
  119.  
    Gaby Hinsliff, Times columnist,

    tweets: Interestingly low key tho for BoJo. A taste of more sober, serious (and less appealing) figure he'd have to be if PM #cpc13

     
  120.  
    1119:

    Asked about the possibility of Boris Johnson returning to Parliament, David Cameron told the BBC: "Whenever Boris wants to come back, he'll get a warm welcome from me." The prime minister was on his way to the conference centre ahead of the mayor of London's speech.

     
  121.  
    1115:

    Quite a lot of people leaving the hall now that Boris Johnson has left the stage. But up next is a session called "delivering for less". Gerry Yates of the National Conservative Convention says that this means understanding that public money does not come from "a magic money tree".

     
  122.  
    Ian

    comments: My excellent GP has recently retired at 60 - why? Because in his words he joined the medical profession to practice medicine not to be an accountant and HR manager. The fact is that Cameron's creeping privatisation and top-down meddling of the NHS means doctors now have to do ANYTHING BUT practise the skills that they have! The Tories merely see the NHS as a cash cow for companies like Circle.

     
  123.  
    1113:

    The London mayor ends his speech by calling on his party to "cut that yellow Liberal Democrat albatross from around our necks and let it plop into the sea", by working "flat-out" for an outright Conservative majority in 2015.

     
  124.  
    1111:

    Boris Johnson says the next election is a choice between "the fools' gold of Labour gimmicks and a government that is willing to take tough and sensible decisions".

     
  125.  
    1109:

    On Europe, Boris Johnson praises the prime minister as a "statesman" and calls him "my friend".

     
  126.  
    1108:

    Boris Johnson says a third runway at Heathrow is "not the right answer" for London and could "wreck the quality of life for millions of Londoners". He favours a new hub airport to stop the Dutch "eating our lunch" by turning Amsterdam's Schiphol airport into "a hub for London".

     
  127.  
    Andy Tickner

    tweets: @BBC_HaveYourSay Boris may have an odd way of phrasing things; but he is usually right ... and entertaining.

     
  128.  
    1105:

    Applause when Boris Johnson says of fracking: "Why not? Absolutely. Let's get going."

     
  129.  
    1105:

    Boris Johnson asks what the "greatest barrier to competitiveness" would be, and says it is a Labour government. Ed Miliband, like the Labour Party, "emanated from the bowels of the trade union movement", he says.

     
  130.  
    Vicky

    tweets: Watching the BBC cover the Tory conference whilst waiting for docs at Kew and wondering whether the UK gov wouldn't mind shutting down too..

     
  131.  
    Matt Simons

    tweets: Seen on BBC News: cutaway from Tory conference to weather forecast, which identified 'a lot of warm air blowing across the UK'. Excellent!!

     
  132.  
    Tim Sculthorpe, Press Association Parliament reporter

    tweets: Only Boris could win laughs in a section on murders. Murder by lobster stick, anyway.

     
  133.  
    1101:

    Conference applauds when Boris Johnson calls London "the most competitive city in Europe".

     
  134.  
    Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

    tweets: Boris is trying to lead Tory conference to concede positives of immigration (incl work ethic), but they're reluctant

     
  135.  
    David Bush

    tweets: Boris Johnson dying a death at Tory party conference.Tumble weeds rolling across platform. Poor performance.Future Tory leader?Let's hope so

     
  136.  
    Caroline Daniel, Financial Times

    tweets: Boris Johnson at Tory party conference hails mobile pools. "Beautiful glorified sheep dips we are sending around London. They love it."

     
  137.  
    1057:

    Boris Johnson says London is now the safest major world city. The mayor says someone is "20 times more likely to be murdered in Rio... four times more likely in New York" and even twice as likely to be murdered in "sleepy old Brussels".

     
  138.  
    Tom McTague, Daily Mirror

    tweets: Tory conference now nodding in agreement that Britain's economy would collapse if all the Poles upped and left.

     
  139.  
    1055:

    Boris Johnson says that the "confidence and self-esteem" of young people, "without which ambition is impossible", needs to be raised. He praises Conservative ministers Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove for their work on welfare and education.

     
  140.  
    1054:
    David Cameron The prime minister enjoys one of Boris Johnson's quips
     
  141.  
    Paul Cowen

    tweets: Boris persuades Tory conference to sort-of agree that British workers are lazy, immigrants work harder #cpc13

     
  142.  
    Topcat

    tweets: Please stop what you are doing...Boris is now on BBCnews at Tory conference. #BestStandUp #LoveOrHateHim

     
  143.  
    SP Broadway

    tweets: Major focus on housebuilding by Mayor of London in speech at Tory Conference. Tax free loans by companies to employees for deposits ??

     
  144.  
    1049:

    Boris Johnson says he "confidently" predicts that the new cross-London rail service Crossrail will be delivered "on time and on budget".

     
  145.  
    BBC News website reader

    texts: Conference. Typical Tory, they still think London is Britain. Why is the nation having to listen to what London is doing.

     
  146.  
    Cobi Budge, Conservative Party activist

    tweets: Watching Boris Johnson's speech, he really knows how to work a crowd, crack a joke and get across powerful meanings. #boris

     
  147.  
    1046:

    Boris Johnson says the Conservatives have been most successful when they have "got behind huge programmes of house building".

     
  148.  
    Elia Ebrahimi

    tweets: Boris is on at Tory conference - room packed and roaring w laughter #cpc13

     
  149.  
    1045:

    The mayor addresses population pressures in the capital, saying that "London has been here before" in its history. On housing he says "it is absolutely impossible" to for many Londoners to afford to buy their own home.

     
  150.  
    1043:
    Boris Johnson

    Boris Johnson says he welcomed former French prime minister Alain Juppé when he visited London. Boris says he thinks that Mr Juppé was mayor of Bordeaux at the same time as he was prime minister. "Joke!" he insists as the audience laughs at the notion that he might be referring to his own ambitions.

     
  151.  
    Jamboray

    tweets: #boris going back into bed with #davidcameron. Get ready for #boris to be the new leader of the #toryparty #tory conference

     
  152.  
    Nij Sonpal

    tweets: @David_Cameron some #HardworkingPeople work shifts and want to see their GPs during the day. #NoDemand #conservatives

     
  153.  
    1038:

    And here he is. The crowd stands to applaud Boris Johnson.

     
  154.  
    1036:

    London MP Jane Ellison is on stage to introduce Boris Johnson. When on the campaign trail, she says "all London Conservatives have learned to allow at least 20 minutes for a five minute walk with the mayor" as he is stopped so often in the street.

     
  155.  
    1034:

    The main conference hall is packed ahead of Boris Johnson's speech. Applause for David Cameron as he takes his seat.

     
  156.  
    Joey Gardiner, Building Magazine

    tweets: At Tory conference, Boris media scrum just scurried past. i've already walked past 300m queues to see his speech. They're obsessed!

     
  157.  
    Norman Smith, BBC political correspondent

    reports that the plan to require the jobless to attend 9-5 classes at job centres will be piloted from the autumn and will apply to some job seekers before they go on the work programme and after they leave it. It will target those who might benefit from additional help or who are working in the "hidden economy", our correspondent adds.

     
  158.  
    Gordon

    comments: The prime minister said the 2008 banking crisis had brought the UK economy "to the brink" and still they have done nothing about it except contest the issue of bankers bonuses with the EU. Press regulation too has been conveniently ignored. I wish he would stop patronising the "hardworking people", cut the clichés and soundbites and address the things that really matter.

     
  159.  
    1032:
    Maria Miller Culture Secretary Maria Miller addresses a sparse crowd in the conference's secondary hall, while large numbers of conference attendees reportedly queued to see London Mayor Boris Johnson in the main hall
     
  160.  
    Norman Smith, BBC political correspondent

    tweets: IDS to unveil plans to force jobless to attend 9-5 classes in Job Centres

     
  161.  
    1013:

    Maria Miller finishes her speech and conference is taking a break before Boris Johnson's appearance, due at about 10:30 BST.

     
  162.  
    Terry Casey

    tweets: According to the DM & Tories if you are left wing you are an enemy of the state. this is turning into a class war, I plead with them to stop

     
  163.  
    1011:

    Maria Miller accuses Labour of appearing "embarrassed about our country's history" and "shamefaced" about the UK's role in shaping the world.

     
  164.  
    John Hyde, Law Society Gazette

    tweets: Stuck in queue for Tory conference with very loud protesters. Torn between preventing nuclear extinction and saving bees... #cpc13

     
  165.  
    Tony Grew, parliamentary editor of ePolitix.com

    tweets: Massive queues at #cpc13 for Boris. It seems @MayorofLondon remains popular with the Tory faithful.

     
  166.  
    Colin, Rosyth, Scotland

    emails: Never thought I'd say this, but much better of under the Tories, I've never been a Tory, but things are better for sure.

     
  167.  
    1008:

    "Only one land has given us the sports football, cricket, and rugby," Maria Miller says. "And only one country has managed to produce the greatest playwright the world has ever seen, and Harry Potter and Hogwarts."

     
  168.  
    BBC News website reader

    texts: Re surgery hours. Here in Devon we already have the services Tories now propose. Suggest they get new researchers and stop meddling. What we have works and aspects of Govt proposals are not viable or efficient.

     
  169.  
    Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    tweets: Only the Important News."Strictly (Come Dancing) is too manicured" - Jeremy Hunt tells me #scd #lambadaman

     
  170.  
    BBC News website reader

    text: This country is in more debt than ever and there is Cameron still trying to privatise everything. If we carry on with his ideas this country will be shutting down. Labour need to get back in with Labour ways.

     
  171.  
    Beetrootrabbit

    tweets: Walking past the Tory conference listening to Englebert Humperdink. What are you doing?

     
  172.  
    Derk Jan Eppink MEP

    tweets: At Tory Party Conference. Boris Johnson about to speak. BoJo: funny man, good speaker, unconventional. Would he make good PM? I wonder. You?

     
  173.  
    0948:

    Hugh Robertson is chairing a panel discussion. North Yorkshire MPs Andrew Jones and Julian Smith are talking about the Tour de France. The opening stages of next year's race will take place in the county.

     
  174.  
    0944:

    Sports Minister Hugh Robertson says that London 2012 led to "1.4 million adults... now playing sport who did not at the time of the bid".

     
  175.  
    Paul Brownscombe

    tweets: You'd expect the Tories to be 10 points ahead thanks to the help from the press. They're not tho' because people are hard-up and not fooled.

     
  176.  
    0942:
    Maria Miller

    There will soon be "plenty of opportunities for the world to see how much Britain is succeeding in the world of sport", Maria Miller tells conference goers.

     
  177.  
    0931:

    The first session in the conference hall today is called "celebrating Britain". Culture Secretary Maria Miller is on stage recalling last year's London Olympics and their legacy. The games gave people the chance "to think about who we are as a nation", she says.

     
  178.  
    0926:
    Boris Johnson and conference goer Boris Johnson reportedly obliged one conference attendee with an autograph.
     
  179.  
    0926:

    But back to Boris, the London Mayor faced questions about his future on Newsnight last night and said that he wouldn't mind writing "romantic fiction" after his term as London mayor ends. Jeremy Paxman also questioned him on Labour's policies and asked him if he knew the price of a pint of milk. "I don't," he confessed.

     
  180.  
    0925:

    We're also expecting a speech from Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith on the government's plans to reform the welfare system, detailed on Monday by Chancellor George Osborne. Mr Duncan Smith has entitled his speech "making work pay".

     
  181.  
    0920:

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will make a speech this afternoon, after the prime minister has announced plans to expand access to GP services in the evening and at weekends. Surgeries will be able to bid for funding to open 12 hours a day, seven days a week under a pilot scheme in England.

     
  182.  
    0913:

    David Cameron told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Boris Johnson could return to the Commons in 2015 and that the two men could "make a very good team". But the Mayor of London has not yet spelled out his future career plans.

     
  183.  
    0907:

    Welcome to live coverage of Tuesday at the Conservative conference. London Mayor Boris Johnson will address conference at 10:30 BST, but things get under way at 9:15 BST with a speech from Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

     

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