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A two-year freeze in working-age benefits will save £3bn, but critics – including Lib Dems –  question whether this is the fairest way to fix the deficit

Almost half of people interviewed in a ComRes survey for The Independent trust David Cameron to take the right decisions in combatting Isis

David Cameron wins huge lead in public trust over decisions about Isis

45% trust PM on tackling the jihadist group, but only 28% trust Ed Miliband

Former cabinet minister Ken Clarke walks to the Conservative party conference ahead of Home Secretary Theresa May in Birmingham

Ukip voters are 'grumpy old men' who 'have had a bit of a hard time in life' and blame 'foreigners' for everything, says Ken Clarke

Former cabinet minister says he was not 'the slightest bit surprised' Conservative MPs Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell had defected

A delegate reads an article on the UK Independence Party (UKIP) during the Conservative Party conference

Tory Party Conference: Ukip’s shadow lengthens as high-profile Tories Richard Barnes and William Cash Jnr are latest to jump ship

While rumours sweep senior party ranks of yet another high-profile defection tomorrow, timed to coincide with David Cameron’s keynote speech to activists

Andy McSmith's Tory Party Conference Diary: Poor old Patrick O’Flynn’s been done up like a kipper

Generations of political students will be grateful to Ukip for publishing the full texts of all speeches from its recent conference on its website. Every golden word uttered by Nigel Farage, Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless and the “lesser kipper” frontbenchers is there.

Donald Macintyre's Tory Party Conference Sketch: Boris Johnson's jokes still pack a punch, but Theresa May landed the big hits

Boris Johnson had to overcome a hurdle greater than the mere defection to Ukip of his former deputy today: the earlier magisterial, grimly serious and rather scary speech by the 'Woman in Black', his sworn leadership rival, Theresa May. As she explained: “I am going to talk to you about the deadly terrorist threat we face.” Which she did. At length. How could Boris compete with her concentrated gravitas?   

Theresa May's sombre speech yesterday called for new laws targeting extremists

Tory Party Conference: 'Snoopers’ charter' - critics round on Theresa May’s ‘draconian’ proposals

Home Secretary's sombre speech focused almost entirely on terrorist threat

Irvine Welsh on George Osborne 'ripping off' Trainspotting: 'I’d rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on childcare'

The author of the famed novel wasn't best pleased with the chancellor's borrowing from his book to announce new austerity measures

Nigel Farage beats David Cameron to the top of the 2014 Right-Wing Power List

The Ukip leader’s influence continues to rise, according to The Times’ chart

Home Secretary Theresa May will outline plans to curb extremists’ freedom of speech

'Snoopers' charter': Theresa May vows to implement measures to clamp down on extremist groups

Home Secretary criticised Liberal Democrats for blocking plans

Mayor of London Boris Johnson holds a brick as he addresses delegates on the third day of the annual British Conservative Party conference in Birmingham

Boris Johnson talks to bricks and raises Conservative Party conference spirits: 'We'll eat Ukip for breakfast'

His speech showed once again that even if Johnson is not the deepest thinker in modern politics, he is surely the one who tells the best jokes

An image grab taken from a video released by Aamaq News, a Youtube channel which posts videos from the areas under the Isis group's control, purportedly shows an Isis militant firing a cannon mounted on a truck during fighting near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the KurdsQ NEWS

Isis could become 'world’s first truly terrorist state' and bomb UK with nuclear and chemical weapons, Theresa May warns

Home Secretary tells Tory conference we must act ‘while we still have the chance’ as she promised a clampdown on extremism in Britain

Richard Barnes speaking Deputy Mayor of London in 2009

Richard Barnes, former Conservative Deputy Mayor of London, defects to Ukip

The move comes after two MPs moved to the Eurosceptic party

Iain Duncan Smith will soon introduce a scheme to control claimants’ spending

Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol

Prepaid cards can only be used to buy food and essentials

Richard Barnes speaking Deputy Mayor of London in 2009

Richard Barnes: Latest defector to Ukip has 30-year Tory links

Boris Johnson's former deputy dismisses claims that Nigel Farage's party is homophobic

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