The race for a new leader | Conservative Party Conference

  • By Nasir Khan

The Conservative Party Conference was not meant to be a platform for new leadership hopefuls to plug their own ambitions to the party members, but that it exactly what the conference came down to.


Theresa May

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There was a substantial queue to get in, and many missed May’s speech, Cameron ambling in just before Boris took to the stage.

Lynton Crosby chatting with cronies through the duration of May’s speech which was largely ignored. Even her outrageously enraging right wing one liners such as “Not in a thousand years” and “No place to hide” struggled in the cavernous hall.

Her standing ovation was shorter and quieter than Osborne’s or Johnson’s.


 

George Osborne

Osborne’s rise in popularity may have had Johnson quivering before the conference but ‘cuts, cuts, cuts’  only gets you so far. Osborne seems to offer little else.


 

Boris Johnson

They roared his arrival, relished in and laughed at his jokes. An instant win.

Johnson’s tubthumping party loyal speech was the clear victor of the day.

Whilst still arguing against immigration and against the EU, in what seems like an gradual morphing of the Conservatives into UKIP, Johnson fell short of May’s right wing barrage by trying to justify his points and not simply making what could be interpreted by some as racist statements.

Johnson explained that he wished for Britain to have full independent control over it’s own immigration and foreign policies. This does however raise question to how if at all it would therefore be possible for the UK to remain in the EU if they did not subscribe to any common EU foreign policy. Johnson’s speech was victorious, but not with out clear and troubling holes.

N.Khan4@theinternational.org.uk