The main theme of the day was meant to be "Mending our Broken Society" with policy plans set out for schools, crime, welfare and family. But news that former head of the Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, is to be a defence adviser to the Conservatives quickly dominated headlines.
Schools and Sport: Shadow children, schools and families secretary Michael Gove, shadow culture, media and sport secretary: Jeremy Hunt
Law and Order: Shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve, shadow home secretary Chris Grayling
Welfare Reform: Shadow work and pensions secretary and women's minister Theresa May
Family: Shadow university and skills minister David Willetts, Shadow family minister Maria Miller
BUBBLY WATCH: LATEST
Just a day after he was photographed enjoying a glass, it sounds like David Cameron won't be defying the Tories' reported champagne ban again. His wife Samantha told ITV News: "He's had a good talking to". Had some sobering news put Mr Cameron off the bubbly? Bookmaker William Hill is offering odds of 5/1 that Boris Johnson will become a Cabinet minister in the next Tory government - and 50/1 that he will become prime minister within 10 years.
SPEECH OF A THOUSAND CUTS?
From one set of odds to another, bookmaker Paddy Power is offering punters a flutter on the number of times David Cameron will use the word "cuts" in his keynote speech on Thursday. It's 2/1 on that he will exceed Gordon Brown's total last week of 12. Paddy Power spokesman Darren Haines said: "Cameron will be keen to make his mark in what is fast becoming a manhood measuring contest as to who can promise the biggest cuts."
Has Ken Clarke begun the Tory age of austerity with cuts to his shoe budget?
Shoe watch at the Tory conference usually focuses on Theresa May, who has been known to sport leopard print kitten heels (2002) and leopard print wellies (2007). This year she's already been seen in a pair of red snakeskin-effect heels. But at the other end of the fashion spectrum, another top Tory continues to shun the well-heeled look. Shadow business secretary Ken Clarke was sporting his trademark brown suede shoes on the conference stage on Tuesday - fittingly for his colleague George Osborne's "age of austerity" speech, they were, to say the least, a little well worn.
TORY TROY CHANCELLOR?
The buzz phrase in George Osborne's conference speech was "We're all in this together", but did the shadow chancellor realise he'd tapped into the youth zeitgeist? Apparently not. The line is the theme song for the High School Musical series of films. Asked if Troy and Gabriella etc had inspired him, Mr Osborne said he had to "confess" his ignorance of the film series which is inescapable for most parents, like him, with a six-year-old old daughter. "We have not yet gone through the decade of High School Musical. I just thought it summed up the challenge," he said.
Liberty's human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti had barely uttered the words George Bush and war on terror at a packed fringe meeting before some well spoken chap's carefully chosen words boomed out of the speakers drowning her out. It seemed that somehow the sound from a neighbouring fringe meeting was being piped into the room where Chris Grayling and David Davis, amongst others, prepared to give their thoughts on the Human Rights Act. A delight for conspiracy theorists and the cue for numerous jokes about MI5 plugging the wrong wire in...
David Cameron told the BBC that the UK's huge public deficit was "a clear and present danger" and being honest about the cuts needed to tackle it was the only option.
Honesty needed on cuts - Cameron
Former head of the Army chief General Sir Richard Dannatt is to become a defence adviser to the Conservatives in the House of Lords, the BBC learns
Ex-Army chief 'offered Tory role'
But not everyone on the Conservative front bench had heard about it, shadow home secretary Chris Grayling apparently thought it was a Labour appointment and suggested it might be "a gimmick" - he later said he had misheard the question
Grayling laughs off Dannatt gaffe
In his own speech Mr Grayling announced a new "late night levy" to help pay for the cost of cleaning up after binge drinkers
Tories plan drink levy on shops
Shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve said the Tories would issue new guidance to police to clear up confusion over the rights of criminals to privacy.
Tories 'to end criminal privacy'
Shadow schools secretary Michael Gove said the worst performing schools in England would be shut down and reopened as Academies by 2011, under a Tory government
Failing schools 'to be Academies'
They may be preaching austerity from the conference stage, but Conservatives are spending freely at the conference fringe shopping mall.
Conference shops prove Tory hit
There was a new twist in the row over Tory links in Europe when the Board of Deputies of British Jews wrote a letter to David Cameron asking for reassurances about two party allies - Michael Kaminski and Robert Zile
Jewish group seeks Tory assurance
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