Conservative Party Conference: Bournemouth Blues

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GOOD DAY

William Hague: He won a standing ovation after attempting to prove during his speech that he was not the leader of an "ex-party"

BAD DAY

Tory Party unity over the single currency: Divisions were ever present when the MEP James Moorhouse defected to the Liberal Democrats over Mr Hague's stance on the issue

REBEL OF THE DAY

A conference steward who refused to let representatives into the hall just before Mr Hague's speech, saying: "I have even just turned away Sir Leon Brittan."

SOUNDBITE OF THE DAY

Mr Hague: "You know the best thing about my job? Wednesday, 3pm - Prime Minister's Questions. The most disppointing thing about my job? Prime Minister's answers."

BEST FRINGE MEETING

The Conservative Political Forum, where Michael Portillo made plenty of progress towards his return to the Commons when he announced that Mr Blair was to Mrs Thatcher as Bjorn Again is to Abba

BEST PARTY

Glamour and Tory splendour on the conference's last night at the Phoenix Ball in the Carlton Hotel

CLAPOMETER

William Hague, hand-in-hand with wife Ffion, topped clapometer levels with a standing ovation lasting 5 minutes and 20 seconds.

Michael Ancram, the new party chairman, gained an 80-second ovation, with 90 decibels, when he spoke out against electoral reform.

TODAY'S BUSINESS

Debates: Debate on the countryside, with speeches by agriculture spokesman Tim Yeo and environment spokeswoman Gillian Shephard

Speeches: Address by the deputy leader, Peter Lilley; closing speech by the new party chairman Michael Ancram; traditional closing session with union flags and patriotic songs, such as "Land of Hope and Glory" with the Bournemouth Youth Orchestra

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