Imagine Theresa May’s horror when she arrived at her Birmingham conference hotel to discover the next-door suite was reserved for… Boris Johnson. Aides explained the reservations had been made while ‘Bojo’ was still her – technically – loyal Foreign Secretary. What a relief for Mrs May that the blond bombshell restricted himself to one crowd-pleasing ‘Chuck Chequers’ conference day trip.
Imagine Theresa May’s horror when she arrived at her Birmingham conference hotel to discover the next-door suite was reserved for… Boris Johnson
- Rising Tory star Matt Hancock is boldly risking enemies as he climbs the greasy pole. Interviewed by Alastair Campbell for GQ magazine, Hancock – who owes his job as Health Secretary to the Brexit resignations of Boris and David Davis – was asked if the Cabinet was a better place now the duo had quit. ‘There is definitely less leaking,’ he quipped.
- Even staunch Leaver Liam Fox seems to doubt that the Tory tribe will ever arrive in the blessed land of Brexit. Warning activists that time was running out to restate core Tory values, the International Trade Secretary told a conference fringe meeting: ‘A year from now we may have left the EU.’ May have?
The Maybot? I’m a Wonder woman
Hot on the heels of Theresa May, below, arriving on the Tory conference stage to the strains of Abba’s Dancing Queen, Diane Abbott was asked what she would choose for a grand entrance. The Shadow Home Secretary replied: ‘A Stevie Wonder song – Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.’ Which is presumably what she once said to former lover Jeremy Corbyn.
Diane Abbott was asked what she would choose for a grand entrance. The Shadow Home Secretary replied: ‘A Stevie Wonder song – Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours’
- Tory egghead Jesse Norman came unstuck at a conference quiz night on – of all things – recent party history. The Oxford-educated Minister was beaten to the buzzer by a rival journalists’ team when asked to name two Tory MPs who have never revealed how they voted in the EU referendum. Answer: Tracey Crouch and, er, Jesse Norman.
Moggster’s red menace
As Achilles had his heel, so even Brexit high priest Jacob Rees-Mogg has a weakness for Remainers to exploit – his dread of an interruption in supplies of fine claret. The Moggster reveals: ‘The hardest Brexit question I have ever had was from my son Peter, who asked: “Daddy, if we leave the EU, where will you get your claret from?” ’
- No one can say Corbyn cheerleader Chris Williamson’s ‘Democracy Roadshow’ targeting moderate Labour MPs isn’t working wonders for party fortunes – Lib Dem fortunes, that is. Critics note Williamson’s visits to Chesterfield and Bermondsey were followed by council by-election losses to Vince Cable’s yellow peril.
- Barrister Geoffrey Cox, who wowed the Tory conference with his theatrical warm-up act to Theresa May, once played lovelorn Duke Orsino in a long-ago Bar production of Twelfth Night. Dog just hopes the Attorney General’s rendering of Orsino’s immortal ‘if music be the food of love, play on’ was not as boomingly ‘basso profundo’ as he was in Birmingham.