This is especially true of George Osborne, who is thinking harder than anyone else about how the party wins the 2020 election, and who used his speech to tell Tories they must try harder to win over “working people” who “didn’t quite feel able to put their trust in us” in 2015.
Scotland Yard has apologised for causing distress to the bereaved widow of Lord Brittan by not telling the couple before he died that he had been exonerated of a false rape claim.
In a week designed to set the political framework for David Cameron’s second term in office after his surprise success in winning an overall parliamentary majority, there was the whiff of campaigning in the air.
Volume II of Charles Moore’s outstanding biography of Margaret Thatcher has made less impact on the conference than Vol I (2013) did with its cache of revelatory family letters about early boyfriends and her war-dodging teens.
Boris Johnson has used his speech at the Conservative conference to pitch himself against his potential leadership rival George Osborne, sounding a strongly Eurosceptic note on immigration and urging protections for low earners affected by welfare cuts.
Female Tory MPs have complained about being lined up as “arm candy” for David Cameron as he is photographed walking between events at this year’s Conservative party conference.
David Cameron is under pressure from two of his potential successors as party leader, Boris Johnson and Theresa May, to raise the bar in EU negotiations by reopening the seemingly abandoned demand to restrict the free movement of labour.
Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters on the Labour left are “tankies and trots” who deploy the tactics of divide and rule as ruthlessly as “the old colonialists they purport to despise”, Boris Johnson will tell the Conservative party conference.
The home secretary, Theresa May, is to deliver her toughest warning yet that the era of mass migration of the past decade is no longer sustainable and is threatening Britain’s cohesion.
Andrea Leadsom was widely expected to be a high-profile member of Team Boris, in a deal that was going to be secured via a handwritten note handed over at a Conservative summer party.
Support for Theresa May is surging among Conservative MPs, with almost 100 now backing her bid to become party leader as Michael Gove’s late entry into the race struggled to gain momentum.