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Conservative conference at-a-glance
All you need to know about Wednesday at the 2006 Conservative conference:


0920 - 0950
Culture and the creative industries
Hugo Swire, shadow culture secretary

0950 - 1020
Hot Topic Debate: global companies are a force for good

1020 - 1130
Global poverty debate
Andrew Mitchell, shadow international development secretary
William Hague, shadow foreign secretary
Mark Malloch Brown, UN deputy secretary-general

1140 - 1210
Meet the candidates

1210 - 1250
Conference choice debate
Theresa Villiers, shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
Boris Johnson, shadow higher education minister

1400 - 1430
Social action

1430 - 1530
Leader's speech David Cameron, Conservative leader

Conference closes


David Cameron wraps up the conference by telling the Conservative Party that the National Health Service is his central priority.

There should be room in politics for the "odd eccentric" like Boris Johnson, shadow foreign secretary William Hague has told the BBC.

Parents of children of all ages should be able to ask to work flexible hours, says Conservative leader David Cameron.

Boris Johnson has taken a swipe at Jamie Oliver's school dinners campaign saying the pressure on children to eat healthy food is "too much".

Shadow chancellor George Osborne says he is ready to take on Conservatives who are demanding tax cuts with the pledge: "We will not back down."

The UK underestimates the threat to its future security posed by Russia, shadow defence secretary Liam Fox has warned.

The number of Tory MPs who want to withdraw from the EU is growing, claims Euro-sceptic MP Philip Davies.

Parliament should get the final say on sending British troops to war, says shadow foreign secretary William Hague.

David Cameron's attempt to harness the power of the internet through his Webcameron blog has led to opponents setting up a spoof rival site.

English MPs must have the final say on laws which affect England alone in this post-devolution era, according to Conservative leader David Cameron.


Ann Widdecombe is not one to fish for compliments but she looked disappointed when interviewed by the BBC's Jon Sopel. She readily agreed when Sopel asked if he could make a personal comment. It turned out he wanted to wish her happy birthday - she thought he was going to congratulate her on losing weight - but thanked him nonetheless.

Diminutive, gay Tory shadow trade secretary Alan Duncan doesn't mind having fun at his own expense. He joked about having to stand on a box to reach the lectern on the conference platform - unlike Labour's Hazel Blears who has a self-lowering lectern. And he declared: "I am the only shadow secretary of state who can get away with calling his opposite number darling." His opposite number is, of course, Alistair Darling. How they laughed.

Sticking with Alan Duncan - in an interview for the BBC Daily Politics programme he said: "A few months ago David Cameron said everyone in the shadow cabinet will also have a city. I've got Tyneside and I've been up there a few times and I absolutely love it and I'm going to really concentrate it on it in the next few months." Tyneside, of course, is not a city, but an area of the North East of England which contains the cities of Newcastle and Gateshead and the towns of North and South Shields.

The water bottles in La Strada restaurant
Was this Cameron's inspiration?
Speculation continues over where David Cameron got the inspiration for his new, oak tree Tory logo but we may have found the answer. A couple of years ago, when the Tory conference was last in Bournemouth, he must have visited the excellent La Strada Italian restaurant. This fine establishment boasts a line in mineral water, the logo of which looks suspiciously like the "scribble painting" finally adopted by the Tories.


Opinion is divided on Boris Johnson's critique of Jamie Oliver's healthy eating campaign.

"Once again Boris Johnson makes a total prat of himself. Personally, I've never found him remotely amusing," writes Monday Clubber on Conservative Home.

But he adds: "Johnson's blunder pales into insignificance alongside Osborne's disgusting slur against Autistic people. I was personally shocked by his conduct as were many other conference-goers to whom I spoke at Bournemouth".

Other contributors stand up for Mr Johnson.

"Well said Boris, about time the health fascists were told where to go," writes Richard.

Another contributor writes: "I am a DC fan...but I hate this interfering stuff - the idea of chocolate oranges vs real oranges, using Tory conferences to lecture people about the dangers of low cost flights and the benefits of Jamie Oliver. Trust people to make their own good decisions...including shoving pies through the school railings. I for one wish Boris had said that."


Boris Johnson faces the media scrum
Boris Johnson was besieged by the media scrum after his comments


"I say let people eat what they like. Why shouldn't they push pies through the railings?," Boris Johnson on Jamie Oliver's school dinner campaign.

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