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Last Updated: Friday, 6 October 2006, 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK
South: That 'Boris moment'
Ian Paul
Ian Paul
The Politics Show, BBC South

Boris Johnson
What has Boris started this time..?

It was the remark that changed the conference agenda.

That "Boris moment", as reported by Peter Henley in his conference diary, led to an emergency debate in the hall, over whether, or not, Jamie Oliver is a national saint (they overwhelmingly decided that he is, by the way).

It was all good knockabout stuff, and set up a very jolly mood amongst conference-goers ahead of the leader's speech.

Many Conservatives must have left Bournemouth with a smile on their faces.

Whether that smile will last for long, when they get home, is another matter.

Even in the corridors and coffee nooks of Bournemouth, you could tell that not everyone is happy at the direction of travel of the New Model Party.

Jane Goldsmith
Jane Goldsmith feels people of her age are marginalised

It has certainly set off in a new direction - but how far down that road will more traditional-minded members slipstream along in its wake?

Time for coffee

We visited the Woodingdean coffee morning just after the conference, where members were broadly supportive of David Cameron, though with one or two caveats.

Jane Goldsmith said: "I don't really think he's taking everyone with him.

"My criticism is with everybody, they don't ever talk about old age pensions or older people, it's always young people, single mothers, we don't get a mention."

Councillor Dee Simpson also commented: "A lot of our members are older people, and he's got some very modern forward thinking ideas, it's probably going to take a little while for people to accept that.

Councillor Dee Simpson
It's the common sense approach for Councillor Dee Simpson

"But I think, because he does speak a lot of common sense, I think people will gradually begin to accept him for that."

Politics Show South will also have an exclusive interview with David Cameron looking back on his first conference as party leader.

He will address one issue of concern to grass roots activists - the so-called A-list of more diverse candidates.

He tells Peter Henley: "It's a good Conservative way of doing it, it's positive action but it's not complete positive discrimination and I'm pleased with progress."

And we will be bringing you the real inside story of how Boris came to find himself surrounded by the baying press pack.

20:20 Vision

We will also be running the latest in our 20:20 vision series of films - young people presenting their own ideas about how they would like to see the world in 2020.

We would love to give more people a chance to make their own films over the coming months, so if you have strong views about the future of your community and fancy getting them off your chest, why not drop us an e-mail.

Or you could write to us at Politics Show, BBC South, Havelock Road, Southampton SO14 7PU.

This week's film comes from the Blandford Youth Under 14 Girls' Football Team.

Meanwhile, join Peter Henley on the Politics Show on Sunday 08 October 2006 at 12:00 BST on BBC One.

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