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Last Updated: Monday, 4 October, 2004, 15:17 GMT 16:17 UK
Conference diary: Monday
BBC News Online's Nick Assinder takes a look at some of the highlights - and low moments - of the Tories' annual conference in Bournemouth.

Monday, 4 October

CONFESSION OF THE DAY

Much has been made of how the Tories' fourth place in the Hartlepool by-election was their worst record since the Ark. Needless to say it's not true.

Eager to point out the media's mistakes, Tory candidate in the 1983 Southwark and Bermondsey by-election, Robert Hughes has, I am told, been ringing friends in the party to remind them that he did it first.

Possibly a correction too far?

FREEBIE OF THE DAY

Contract caterers Rockpool are offering conference delegates a bit more than the usual cheese and pickle sandwiches from their stall in the exhibition area.

Smoked or poached salmon, prawns in mayonnaise - that sort of thing. And they were doing a roaring trade.

DAILY COVERAGE

At least they were until the Learning and Skills Council opened up shop opposite them with a demonstration of one of the exciting careers it was helping youngsters to follow.

And what does every TV-addicted youngster want to become when they grow up nowadays. A celebrity chef, of course.

So there they were, knocking out mouth-watering canapes with shrimps, salmon and caviar. And they were giving it all away.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Goes to shadow home secretary David Davis who, pointing out that New Labour has nicked all the Tories' best policies declared: "We have to get the country to buy Conservatism from the Conservative Party."

ATTACK OF THE DAY

Party chairman Liam Fox had what appeared to be a pop at his predecessor Theresa May who famously told conference a couple of years ago that the Tories were seen as the nasty party.

Mr Fox said: "I intend to set the tone for a party which stops being apologetic and craven and understands what it's for, where it's going and when it's getting there."

No more Mr nice guy, then.

NEW SLOGAN OF THE DAY

Tory bosses are supposed to be distraught at Tony Blair's announcement he is staying for a full third term.

They think it has destroyed what was to be a general election slogan: "Vote Blair Get Brown."

Some, however, are having second thoughts after polls continued to suggest Mr Blair was far less popular then Mr Brown.

One senior Tory organiser suggested there should be a new slogan which might spook voters more.

"Vote Blair, Get Blair."

PHOTO CALL OF THE DAY

When the Tory leader arrived for the conference his first picture opportunity was to Boscombe where, it is reported, he posed outside a derelict toilet block and walked in the rain through a virtually deserted shopping precinct.

Local Tory candidate Tobias Ellwood, who arranged the visit, explained: "I thought it would be an ideal place to show him. It is a wonderful area with tremendous potential."





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