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At-a-glance: Tory conference

All you need to know about the 2007 Conservative Party conference in Blackpool.


Shadow chancellor George Osborne pledges to cut inheritance tax in a speech to the Conservative conference in Blackpool.

The public "does not yet know if it can trust" the Conservatives on the economy and public services, shadow Treasury spokesman Philip Hammond says.

The UK would be among the first countries in Europe to introduce effective new cancer treatments, under plans unveiled by the Conservatives.

The Conservatives say they would scrap Home Information Packs, end "garden grabbing" by developers and cut stamp duty if they won a general election.

A Tory government would give teachers accused of abusing pupils the right to anonymity until the case is settled, the party's conference hears.

Sir Malcolm Rifkind says governments with a working majority in the Commons should serve a full term

As his party gathers in Blackpool, David Cameron urges Gordon Brown to call a snap election.

Action hero-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared in Blackpool via video link to add some stardust to the occasion.

Conservative community cohesion spokesman Lady Warsi has described claims she is pandering to the BNP on immigration as "ludicrous".

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has weighed into the credit squeeze debate, calling for financial prudence amid an imminent economic downturn.

William Hague opens the conference by saying that if Gordon Brown "ever summons up the courage to call an election we are going to beat him".

The Conservatives unveil a raft of new policies including the abolition of stamp duty for most first-time buyers.

The Conservatives are not "dumping Margaret Thatcher" and are the rightful successors of her legacy, shadow chancellor George Osborne has said.



0945 -1100 BST:

  • Public services debate - including the NHS, education and housing - it will look at the policy recommendations from the policy review process. Speakers include shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley and shadow schools secretary Michael Gove.

    1115 -1230 BST:

  • Economic competitiveness debate - to be closed by shadow chancellor George Osborne.

  • Panel discussion will include shadow business secretary Alan Duncan and shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers.

    1430 - 1545 BST:

  • Fixing Our Broken Society debate - a look at the social justice policy group findings, alongside issues of family breakdown, economic dependency, addiction and educational failure - led by shadow work and pensions secretary Chris Grayling.

    1600 - 1700 BST:

  • Childhood in Britain debate - including discussion by innovation, universities and skills secretary David Willetts of his Childhood Inquiry, looking at ways of giving children a better start in life.


  • With the Tories heading to Birmingham for next year's conference, the usual rumours are circulating that this will be the last year the party visits Blackpool. Don't be too sure. Not only have the Tories just taken control of the local council, the Winter Gardens hold a special place in the heart of leader David Cameron, after he landed the party leadership here in 2005. "You can see why it's a special place," said the Tory leader to guest speaker Michael Bloomberg, as the New York mayor soaked up the applause of the Tory faithful on Sunday.

  • Samantha Cameron put her foot in it at the traditional Press v Tories football match. Asked at halftime with the press leading 8-0, if she was enjoying the game, she replied: "It is fascinating, we don't seem to be doing very well at the moment, but hopefully it will improve second half." Final score 10-0.

  • Theresa May is known for her love of exotic footwear but she has really surpassed herself this week. The shadow leader of the house appeared on the conference stage earlier in a pair of leopard print Wellington boots. Just because Tories from the shadow cabinet down have been mucking in at various community projects around the country doesn't mean a girl can't look good...

  • The Tories may have the snazziest stage set - their giant backdrop features clouds that actually move - but they were let down earlier by their sound system, which delayed the start of proceedings by 20 minutes on Sunday. William Hague's theory is that it was designed for John Prescott. "It was intended to make completely jumbled up speech sound clear and it does the same in reverse," he explained to delegates.


    California's Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a speech via video link to the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool
    David Cameron watches Arnold Schwarzenegger address the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool


    That is the kind of leadership that people want. That is the kind of leadership that people are hungry for. They want action and results, not ideology and stalemate

    Action hero-turned-California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking via video link

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