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Tory conference at-a-glance: Day Two
All you need to know about the leadership contest on Day Two of the Conservative conference 2005:

TUESDAY IN A SENTENCE

Leadership contenders David Cameron and Ken Clarke outline their plans to make the Conservatives more electable, with both laying claim to the centre ground of the party.

CONFERENCE CATCH-UP

Ken Clarke says he is a "bigger beast" than either Gordon Brown or Tony Blair and the Conservatives' best chance of winning the next election.

David Cameron has said he wants to win over a new generation of Conservatives, to make "people to feel good about being Conservatives again".

David Davis promises a crackdown on political sleaze if he becomes prime minister.

The party must project itself as a force for "social justice", Shadow Chancellor George Osborne says.

Shadow Energy Secretary David Willetts tells the party it has to safeguard "liberty".

Impressionist Rory Bremner likens leadership candidate David Cameron to a political "iPod".

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

On Monday party chairman Francis Maude opened the conference by telling representatives the Conservatives have "no God-given right" to survive.

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

CANDIDATES OFF-STAGE

TUESDAY 1450 BST

Leadership non-contender (yes, there are some) George Osborne ducks and weaves through individuals handing out "support Ken" water or "I love Cameron" badges in the Winter Gardens, before running into a woman from the "go local" group pushing for more local democracy, who isn't having any of his polite, harassed looking protestations and insists on sticking a badge on his lapel. However, her attempts to get him to sign her petition meet with less success as an aide ushers Mr Osborne away towards the hall where he is about to make his big speech. "He was probably busy going somewhere," she says. "Anyway, who was he?" she asks. MONDAY 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.
MONDAY 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.
MONDAY 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.

ASSINDER'S VERDICT

Did 'big beast' Ken Clarke see off the challenge of young pretender David Cameron?

PAPERWATCH

The Times praises Sir Malcolm Rifkind as fluent, passionate and witty. Although he has conceded he has an improbably high mountain to climb to secure the leadership, he at least marched out of base camp with a flourish, it says. Where, asks the Daily Star, is the new young, dynamic talent that the Tories desperately need? As for party chairman Francis Maude's speech, The Daily Mail's Quentin Letts says his "words were as sharp as a pipecleaner up a nostril". The Independent adds that the whole party is "on trial" and has to decide whether it "prefers power or the purity of eternal opposition".

Latest betting: David Davis 8/15; Ken Clarke 3/1; David Cameron 7/1; Liam Fox 10/1; Sir Malcolm Rifkind 50/1 (source: politicalbetting.com)

PHOTO OF THE DAY

David and Samantha Cameron
David Cameron and wife Samantha enjoy the applause following his speech to conference.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

I joined this party because I believe in aspiration. I believe this party is the only party that wants everybody to be a somebody - a doer not a done-for. And that is the spirit that we must recapture this week.

David Cameron lays out his plans for the Conservatives.

We know we have to pick an even bigger beast than either of them to push Labour out of office

Ken Clarke on Gordon Brown and Tony Blair - and himself.






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