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Summary

  1. David Cameron tells Conservative Party conference pledges to 'finish the job'
  2. The PM pledges action on social mobility, schools and prisons
  3. He accuses Labour leader of a "Britain-hating ideology"
  4. George Osborne, Theresa May and Boris Johnson speeches seen in context of future leadership context

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By Pippa Simm, Aiden James and Alex Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Recap: Conservative conference 2015

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  • In his leader's speech, David Cameron vowed to devote much of his remaining time in office to "an all-out assault on poverty". The prime minister also launched an attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of having a "Britain-hating ideology"
  • Mr Corbyn hit back, saying the comments were "a sure sign" the PM was "rattled" by Labour
  • On Tuesday David Cameron told the BBC the government's policy on immigration "hasn't worked so far". The PM told political editor Laura Kuenssberg he shared people's "frustration" at the failure to cut net migration
  • The comments echo those of Theresa May, who told the Conservative conference that high migration made a "cohesive society" impossible. The home secretary pledged reform of the UK's asylum rules
  • George Osborne has said the Conservatives are "the true party of labour", and called on the party to "extend our hand" to people who feel "completely abandoned" by Labour's new leadership
  • In his conference speech, the chancellor announced that councils in England would be able to set and keep hold of their share of£26bn in business rates.
  • Plans to sell shares worth at least £2bn in Lloyds to private investors have been announced by the government.
  • London Mayor Boris Johnson told the conference that the Conservatives "cannot ignore the gulf in pay packets that yawns wider" and urged the government to support the low paid
  • Work and Pension Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the government's mission is to "restore people's lives" with its shake-up of welfare
  • Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt called on NHS staff to "stand beside" ministers to deliver seven-day NHS services in England.

Today at Conference

James Landale
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That's all for our coverage today.

But remember, the final Today at Conference from the Conservative Party Conference, and the last instalment of the party conference season as a whole, is on shortly.

It will see James Landale introduce clips of David Cameron, Andrew RT Davies, Ruth Davidson and Theresa Villiers. 

And there will be part of Andrew Neil's combative interview with Michael Gove on the government’s housebuilding record.

It starts on BBC2 after Newsnight, at 23:15 (later in Scotland) with a 08:30 repeat on Thursday. 

A reformer's speech but solutions unclear

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Celebrating a winner...

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Remembering the Suffragettes

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The Tory leadership race on YouTube

Much has been made this week of the race to succeed David Cameron and who is in pole position: Boris, George or Theresa? Each had their moment in the sun on the conference floor and their speeches were all widely covered in the media. It may not be a totally scientific litmus test of their future leadership credentials but whose performance has proved the most popular on YouTube? Well, in this particular race - based on the official videos of the full speeches posted by the Conservatives - Boris Johnson is currently out in front. At the time of writing, his speech has been viewed an estimated 2,875 times on the video-sharing site. He holds a narrow lead over George Osborne, the chancellor having totted up an estimated 2,602 views. And Theresa May is currently trailing in third, her speech watched an estimated 1,709 times so far. Expect this contest to run and run...

A centrist speech lacking 'lively phrases'

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Cameron has 'nothing to lose'

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Political realignment in prospect?

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Cameron's bid to 'dominate the centre'

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Cameron speech and conference recap

David Cameron addressing the Conservative Party conference
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Here's a recap of events on the day David Cameron closed the Conservative Party conference.

  • In his leader's speech, David Cameron vowed to devote much of his remaining time in office to "an all-out assault on poverty". The prime minister also launched an attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, accusing him of having a "Britain-hating ideology"
  • Mr Corbyn hit back, saying the comments were "a sure sign" the PM was "rattled" by Labour
  • Mr Cameron also said religious supplementary schools in England that teach children intolerance will be investigated and closed down
  • Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers told the conference that the survival of devolved government is at stake unless all-party talks succeed
  • Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said only the Conservatives represent those in Scotland who want to remain part of the UK, and predicted the party's "best ever result" in next year's Holyrood elections
  • Welsh leader Andrew RT Davies said the Tories would not "prop up" another five years of Labour rule in Wales.

Cameron's speech: in pictures

David Cameron, accompanied by his wife Samantha, made the short walk from his hotel to the conference venue, to deliver his first speech to the Conservative Party since winning a majority in May.

David Cameron and Samantha Cameron
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Cameron's cabinet arrived and took their front row seats, ready to hear the boss's big speech.

Michael Fallon, Theresa May, Philip Hammond, Priti Patel, George Osborne and Sajid Javied
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It was time for David Cameron to take to the stage - greeted with a standing ovation from the party faithful.

David Cameron arrives on stage to deliver his conference speech
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The PM set out his vision for Britain's future - "a Greater Britain", as he called it. In a speech heavy on calls for social reform, he pledged to tackle poverty and extremism, and boost equality.

David Cameron
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Boris Johnson got a shout-out from the PM - and a round of applause from the crowd. Chancellor George Osborne also received praise, the PM branding him the "iron chancellor".

Boris Johnson sits as those around him applaud on their feet
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Where will Cameron rank in Tory history?

The Spectator

David Cameron delivering his conference pseech
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The Spectator's Andrew Roberts considers how David Cameron might be remembered in Conservative history, predicting "he is likely to be seen in the front rank of peacetime Tory premiers" (Margaret Thatcher, Benjamin Disraeli, Lord Salisbury and Harold Macmillan).

Being an intensely competitive man, Cameron will have given this some thought, and the profoundly radical agenda he has set out for his ministry over the next three years is testament to his wish to make a permanent mark on British history."

Labour voter turned to Tories ‘by Thatcher’

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Bernard Harris, the 82-year-old mentioned by David Cameron in his conference speech, has revealed it was Margaret Thatcher who persuaded him first to vote Conservative.

The PM quoted a letter written to him by Mr Harris, in which he said he had “foolishly” voted Labour and that “only a Conservative government will achieve… all I aspire to”.

Mr Harris told BBC Radio 5 Live he voted Labour during his working life, when he was also a trade unionist within the fire service. But after he retired in 1988, he changed his mind on which party to support.

"I found that my allegiance – common sense – took me from the Labour Party to the Conservative Party. I live in an ex-council house. Under Margaret Thatcher I was able to buy it," he said. 

At my time of life I do worry for my grandchildren and my great grandchildren.I want the best for them – I want them to have a happy life and every opportunity in life, and I think they’ll get that far more under the Conservative Party than they ever will under the Labour Party."

'Early years education facing cuts'

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The suffragette who moved into Parliament

'A political invasion' by Cameron

The Daily Telegraph

David Cameron delivered "the most socially liberal speech a Conservative leader has ever given", writes Michael Deacon in the Telegraph. It was "all equality, social justice, beating poverty", the sketchwriter adds. But "this isn’t to say David Cameron has suddenly transformed into a paragon of PC virtue", he continues. "Minutes after denouncing sexism, he was parading his wife proprietorially around the hall, as if he’d just won her as a prize at a fair."

Still, there could be no doubting the true significance of his speech. This was a political invasion – the territory at stake, in Mr Cameron’s phrase, “the common ground”. The land inhabited by the tolerant, the reasonable, the pragmatic – rather than the furious and ideological."

Healey remembered by fellow Labour peer

A few protesters left

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Pic: Merkel and Hollande

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande
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The German and French leaders listen to Nigel Farage's speech in the European Parliament.

Farage criticises 'worst policy in modern Europe'

Nigel Farage calls the EU approach to refugees and migrants "probably the worst piece of public policy seen in modern Europe". It "compounded the already failing and flawed EU common asylum policy by saying to the whole world: please come to Europe". He claims the majority who have come to Europe have been "young, male economic migrants" many of whom "behave very aggressively".

With both the applause and boos rising in the chamber, he says "a Brexit now looks more likely than ever before" and hopes it will mark the "beginning of the end" of the EU project.

Farage attacks 'German-dominated' EU

Nigel Farage
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UKIP leader Nigel Farage is responding to the speeches by the French president and German chancellor in the European Parliament. He said it was "sensible" to get France and Germany together in the 1950s to work for peace. "All that was absolutely right and high-minded. Sadly, the whole thing has become corrupted," he claims.

The French voice in this relationship, and in Europe, is now little more than a pipsqueak. It's an irony that a project that was designed to contain German power has now given us a totally German-dominated Europe."

The Sun: 'PM tears into Corbyn'

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Lib Dems: PM's 'conversion' will fool no-one

Peston to leave BBC for ITV

Robert Peston
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Robert Peston has announced he is to leave the BBC to become the political editor at ITV. In his blog he said he would "miss the BBC terribly".

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg - formerly ITV's business editor - congratulated Peston on his move and wished him well in his new role.

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Cameron defends drone attack in Syria

Reyaad Khan
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Reyaad Khan was one of three British men who appeared in a video filmed by jihadists

In his conference speech, David Cameron defended his decision to order the RAF drone strike which killed a Cardiff jihadist in Syria. The prime minister told Conservatives he took "decisive action to keep Britain safe", claiming Reyaad Khan was one of two men planning terrorist attacks on UK soil.

Mr Cameron said his job was "not to debate; it's to decide". He said if he stalled on such a decision, "we could see innocent people murdered on our streets".

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Prime minister warns over extremist teaching

Betting odds on Cameron not standing down by 2020

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Merkel: Migration crisis a historic trial for EU

Angela Merkel
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Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, follows President Hollande. She tells the European Parliament that the migration crisis is a "trial of historic measure" for the EU. She says that Europe must provide a "decisive contribution" to solving the crisis in Syria, but that ultimately, it is "a job for the whole world".

She stressed the need to stem the causes of migration, citing the need for a political process involving "all international operators" to bring an end to the civil war in Syria.

Full live coverage is available here.

Hollande addresses MEPs

Francois Hollande
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Addressing the European Parliament, French President Francois Hollande says Europe has had a "succession of crises" for over a year. He adds that people need to perhaps learn to "live with" the fear produced by this instability, but should not allow themselves to be "dominated" by it.

He argues that the problems faced by the EU should not cause its members to "retreat into their national shells". Returning to internal borders as a result of the migration crisis would be a "tragic error". He adds that co-operation with Turkey is now "of the essence" in resolving the crisis.

Cameron accused of 'plastic passion'

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"Never trust a smiling Tory: Five things we learned from David Cameron's speech," says the Mirror, writing that the prime minister "marched his troops into Labour territory".

David Cameron's speech was full of plastic passion as he vowed to tackle the deep-rooted social problems in our society. But there were few details on how he would deliver on this pledge. Has he made himself a hostage to fortune? The prime minister also talked about raising living standards but did not mention once his tax credit cuts, the one million people using food banks or the rise in child poverty."

Cameron to 'fix broken Britain'

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"Cameron: I’m going to fix broken Britain," reads the headline in the Times. "Madrassas will be subjected to similar inspection regimes as mainstream schools, David Cameron promised today, condemning what he called a culture of 'passive tolerance' that had exposed British children to abuse and extremism."

Delivering his first conference speech as the leader of a Conservative majority government, Mr Cameron moved his priority from economic policy to a second-term programme of social reform. He promised sweeping changes in prisons, adoption and in a care system which he said shamed Britain."

Howard League: PM's words 'encouraging'

Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, says it is "encouraging to hear the prime minister’s vow to deliver major prison reform and his acknowledgment that the system is currently failing". The prison reform charity also welcomes Justice Secretary Michael Gove's speech yesterday and hopes it is "the beginning of a more intelligent, thoughtful and compassionate discussion".

For the first time since the days of Winston Churchill, a government has clearly set out its intention to take a principled stance on protecting the public without sinking to the lynch-mob mentality that has blighted justice policy in Britain for decades.”

SNP: PM's rhetoric 'betrayed by reality'

Corbyn: Cameron's attack shows he's rattled

Jeremy Corbyn
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A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn says David Cameron's attack on the Labour leader was "a sure sign" the PM was "rattled".

The fact that David Cameron used his speech to make personal attacks on Jeremy Corbyn are a sure sign that he is rattled by the re-energisation of the Labour Party. With cuts to tax credits and a continued failure on housing, his claim that the Conservatives are the party of working people is being exposed."

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Cameron's 'most outspoken attack' on Corbyn

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"PM tells Tory party conference that Labour leader sympathises with terrorists and poses threat to national security," writes the Guardian's Nicholas Watt.

"David Cameron has accused Jeremy Corbyn of 'hating' Britain in his most outspoken attack on the new Labour leader, as he sought to sharpen the dividing lines between his party and his principal opponents."

The prime minister delivered a direct warning about the threat posed by his opposition rival in a speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. 'Thousands of words have been written about the new Labour leader,' he told party members. 'But you only really need to know one thing: he thinks the death of Osama bin Laden was a ‘tragedy’'."

Watch: Gove accuses presenter of 'show-boating'

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Here's the full interview from the Daily Politics where Michael Gove accused presenter Andrew Neil of "show-boating" while he was being interviewed over the government's housing record.

Michael Gove took issue with Andrew Neil's questioning about the Tories' housing record.

But at the end of the live interview after David Cameron's speech to the party conference, they both said how much they enjoyed their latest exchange.

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