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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Tory conference at-a-glance: Day One
At-a-glance guide to all you need to know about the leadership contenders on Day One of the Conservative conference 2005:


A succession of senior figures say the Conservatives must change to win back the trust of voters - while Sir Malcolm Rifkind becomes the first of the five declared leadership contenders to take to the stage.


Party chairman Francis Maude opens the conference by telling representatives the Conservatives have "no God-given right" to survive.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind puts in a rousing performance as he is the first contender to address the conference, saying the party must build on its One Nation traditions.

Fellow contender Kenneth Clarke tells a fringe meeting that it is a "paranoid fear" to believe that he will take the UK into the euro if he becomes leader.

Front-runner David Davis vowed there will be "no more grumpy Conservatism" if he won the Tory leadership.

Liam Fox underlines his Eurosceptic credentials by saying he could not rule out withdrawing the UK from the European Union under certain circumstances.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley says that he is not going to stand after concluding that he does not have enough support.

Shadow family spokeswoman Theresa May tells the conference that the party had to ditch its "yah boo opportunism".

Shadow transport secretary Alan Duncan says the Conservatives risk appearing a haven for prejudice because some Tory councils are trying to stop gay "weddings" in town halls.


2300 BST:
Lord Heseltine - in Blackpool to back friend and former cabinet colleague Ken Clarke - is greeted warmly by delegates as he emerges from The Daily Telegraph party. Liam Fox and fiancée meet friends and supporters in the lobby of the Imperial hotel. David Davis and backers including former frontbencher Julie Kirkbride shuttle between the Hilton and the Imperial as his charm offensive continues.
1600 BST
Michael Ancram carefully studies Sir Malcolm Rifkind delivering his speech, from the back of the hall. He is later seen talking to leading right wingers amid speculation of a possible leadership bid.
1230 BST
People are being turned away from the Ken Clarke fringe meeting - definitely the biggest lunchtime hit (but not with watching Eurosceptic party donor Sir Stuart Wheeler who says he remains unconvinced). Boris Johnson, generally the main attraction for the party faithful, is addressing a half empty Winter Garden Opera House, with "Notting Hill set" ally George Osborne. David Cameron pulls a reasonable crowd in a downstairs bar, where he is joined by new boy Michael Gove to bang the modernising drum.


It may be the best part of a decade since Sir Malcolm Rifkind last addressed the Tory conference - but he came to Blackpool determined to remind the party why it once saw him as a star.


In a leader, The Daily Telegraph says the future of the Conservatives depends on whether the self-styled "Mr Heineken" David Davis, who claims to reach the parts other politicians cannot reach, is a "radical moderniser, capable of implementing what others can do in theory". The FT reports Mr Davis has secured the support of wealthy backers including JCB founder Sir Anthony Bamford. Jackie Ashley, writing in The Guardian, says a Lib Dem/Tory alliance "is being taken more seriously in private". The Daily Mail says David Davis has 66 MPs backing him - one short of the total needed to ensure a place in the membership vote. Trevor Kavanagh in The Sun says Ken Clarke is not the man to lead Britain in the 21st Century. Bruce Anderson, in The Independent, says the Tories can win with David Cameron. Latest betting: David Davis 1/2; Ken Clarke 3/1; David Cameron 10/1; Liam Fox 12/1; Sir Malcolm Rifkind 50/1 (source:


David Davis, left, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, centre, and Liam Fox, right
Davis, Rifkind and Fox seem to be enjoying the contest


A Conservatism that by its very nature is seen by the public as pragmatic, as sensitive, as generous, as moderate. Rooted in Conservative beliefs but always realising that ideology has no place in the Tory Party. What we are about are principles and values.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind on the party's One Nation traditions

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