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At-a-glance: Tory conference

George Osborne giving his keynote conference speech

On day two of the conference, shadow chancellor George Osborne gave his keynote speech, outlining plans to raise the pension age, freeze public sector pay and get tough on bankers. He was followed by shadow business secretary Ken Clarke who focused on moves to cut red tape and free up businesses. Later in the day, shadow energy and climate change secretary Greg Clark and shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary Nick Herbert unveiled Tory ideas to stimulate the "green economy"

Samantha and David Cameron

Last week, Sarah Brown introduced the PM to the Labour conference as her "hero", but David Cameron says a similar glowing endorsement from his wife Samantha is, well, unlikely. Asked about it on GMTV, he said: "I think hell would probably freeze over before she would describe me as her hero. But she will be here, I promise she will be here." Mr Cameron added his own bit of praise, however, calling Samantha a "brilliant" wife and mother.


Tory chairman Eric Pickles has reportedly banned champagne at the conference, insisting the party must appear "humble". But it seems his decree has been flouted by former shadow Commons leader Alan Duncan, who is pictured in several newspapers on Tuesday quaffing a glass. David Cameron, who was pictured by one newspaper enjoying a spot of bubbly himself, played it down, saying: "It is a party conference and there are a lot of people having parties and whatever, but the clear message coming out of this conference is that there is not any complacency." Mr Duncan was demoted last month after complaining that MPs were being forced to "live on rations" following the expenses scandal.


Just when we have got used to NEETS (young people Not In Education, Employment or Training), the iPod generation (18 to 34-year-olds who are Insecure, Pressurised, Over-taxed and in Debt) and even Kippers (Kids In Parents' Pockets Eroding Retirement Savings), shadow social cohesion minister Baroness Warsi throws in another category - Skiers. Not Tory front bench enjoying a well-earned winter break but older people Spending their Kids Inheritance, apparently. Is Lady Warsi making these up?


If the Tories were serious about curbing 24 hour drinking, they would close down the conference hotel bars at 11pm to set an example, libertarian campaigner Shane Frith told a fringe meeting, accusing the party of "hypocrisy" on the issue. No sign of a groundswell of support for that idea so far....


George Osborne said the Tories would freeze pay for all public sector workers, excluding those on less than £18,000-a-year or on the military frontline. He drove home his message on economic recovery, saying repeatedly: "We're in this together." Osborne unveils pay and tax plans

David Cameron and George Osborne's wife Francis
George Osborne's boss and his wife Francis listened intently to his speech

The move - which upped the ante from an earlier pay freeze announcement by the government - did not go down well with public sector workers. Anger over pay freeze 'politics'

Mr Osborne also revealed that from 2016, men will have to work until the age of 66 before they can receive the state pension. Women will eventually have to do the same, he said, but not until at least 2022. Tories plan rise in pension age

Shadow business secretary Ken Clarke said the Conservatives would be "a friend" to new businesses and pledged to cut down on their paperwork. Clarke: Tories would cut red tape

The Tories' internet chief Rishi Saha told prospective MPs to use Google to pay to have advertisements for their campaigns appear on internet search engine Google when people search for schools or other landmarks in their constituency. Tory hopefuls urged to buy up ads

Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers announced that there would be no more government funding for fixed speed cameras if the Tories take power. Tories 'to end speed camera rose'

Shadow housing minister Grant Shapps said his party would scrap Hips - home information packs - if they won the next election. Tories would make Hips 'history'


Johnson and Paxman go head to head


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