Who were the winners (and losers) from the Conservative Party conference?

Eileen GuzmanOct 07, 2018

The Prime Minister said the Tories must demonstrate that they are "decent, moderate and patriotic" and "deliver on the issues people care about".

The four-day conference has been dominated by divisions over Brexit, with pro- and anti-EU camps both criticizing the prime minister's negotiations with the EU.

Johnson claimed her plan for leaving the European Union amounted to a "ridiculous slipping away of our self-belief" instead of the "freedom" that was promised. She reasserted her commitment to finding a realistic compromise with the European Union - unlike some of her conservative rivals, who she said "are not acting in the national interest, but their own political interest".

And she warned she was ready to take further action against utility firms which punish loyal customers with higher prices.

"I write this with heavy heart; however, we now need a proper leadership".

"We must on no account follow (Labour leader Jeremy) Corbyn, and start to treat capitalism as a kind of boo word", he said. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday ruled out the possibility of a second Brexit referendum, saying the second referendum would be a "politicians' vote".

On Wednesday, Mrs May was keen to show she was in charge of the Brexit talks. As well as displaying the old Conservative spirit of self-determination, May wants to build up support for her Brexit deal.

The Conservatives' annual gathering saw civil war erupt within the party, while the Prime Minister tried to put on a fearless face and keep a semblance of unity.

May danced a little jig to the strains of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" as she approached the podium for her address at the ruling Conservative Party's annual gathering.

"As a government we are preparing for any eventuality but I think it would be sub-optimal", he said at a fringe event on Tuesday evening.

But her bid to revitalize her domestic agenda and steal the initiative from the main opposition Labour Party has been overshadowed by the party splits over Brexit.

She said that "leaving without a deal - introducing tariffs and costly checks at the border - would be a bad outcome for the United Kingdom and the EU" — though she refused to rule it out.

May warns she will never accept a deal which infringes on British sovereignty and is calling for a transitional form of common market for goods between the European Union and all of the United Kingdom.

May's announcement that the capital borrowing cap on local authorities will be lifted is anticipated by the Treasury to add an extra one billion onto the public debt, while another year's freeze on fuel duty adds an extra £800 million. An undeterred May called on her colleagues to work towards making the Conservatives a party "not for the few, not even for the many but for everyone who is willing to work hard and do their best". The passage where she revealed her goddaughter (whom she has never mentioned publicly before) had contracted cancer and died past year was genuinely moving.

Pressure on some public services has been growing since before the 2015 spending review, which has led to cash injections "when a moment of political or operational crisis was reached", she told CSW.

"Because a decade after the financial crash people need to know that the austerity it led to is over and their hard work has paid off". May also name-checked The Bodyguard, admitting she's been too busy with Brexit to watch it: "'[Politics is] not always glamorous, I've seen the trailers for the bodyguard and let me tell you, it wasn't like that in my day".

She will use her speech to try to strike an optimistic note, and is expected to say: "I passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us and that our future is full of promise".

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