The left’s use of social media is emboldening group mentalities and disconnecting activists from the views of the wider electorate, Tristram Hunt will say in a major speech urging Labour to remember its role as a party of government and not street protest.
Jeremy Hunt has been forced into a partial climbdown in his dispute with NHS junior doctors in an attempt to stop their fury at a threatened punitive new contract spilling over into strike action.
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.
Theresa May has promised ahead of her first cabinet meeting that the government will not be “defined by Brexit” but will nonetheless make a success of the country’s departure from the EU.
The Conservative chair of a parliamentary committee has been accused of “thinly veiled misogyny” by friends of Liz Truss after he questioned her suitability for the roles of lord chancellor and justice secretary.