Conservative Party Conference: Bournemouth Blues

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GOOD DAY

Ann Widdecombe; speaking without notes and full of passion, she gave the Conservatives a glimmer of hope that the party was really moving on

BAD DAY

William Hague, only those who form parrot clubs in support of the Tory leader still believe he will win the next general election

REBEL OF THE DAY

Take your pick, really. Kenneth Clarke, Michael Heseltine, John Gummer and Ian Taylor will not give up overshadowing the conference

SOUNDBITE OF THE DAY

Ann Widdecombe on the Government's decision to ban the anti-impotence drug Viagra on the NHS, she said in a barn-storming speech: "I am not saying I want it - I have Viagra"

BEST FRINGE MEETING

Best soundbites and jokes at "New Britannia - Fact or Fantasy", with shadow Culture Secretary Peter Ainsworth calling Tony Blair a "frustrated rock star"

BEST PARTY

Cocktail umbrellas lightened the mood at the Tobacco Manufacturers Association at the Royal Bath Hotel

CLAPOMETER

Ann Widdecombe set high standard for the week when she received a two-minute-and-45-second standing ovation, with 110dB

William Hague's pledge to move on from the party divisions could not compete. His standing ovation was 80 seconds long, with 90dB

John Major was given a spontaneous 20-second standing ovation, with 75dB, during William Hague's speech

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