Old-hand outsider Vanessa Pine and conference newbie and party insider Sophie Stileman, reflect on three days at Conservative Conference. Topsy-turvy demographics and policies may have something to do with retail politics in advance of a General Election but they also made for the least conservative, conservative conference we’ve been to in twenty years.
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On Monday David Davis went to Brussels to kick off the first round of formal negotiations, with the urbane Michel Barnier. The FT have reported the weakness of May would cast a shadow over our Brexit negotiations, a view shared widely amongst the commentariat. I sat down to challenge this bit of ‘received wisdom’.