Champagne tasting, luxury cushions and spa treatments: Inside the Conservative party conference

The tranquil scene inside the Tory party conference offers a stark contrast to boisterous anti-austerity marches going on oustide 

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Outside the Conservative party conference, the anti-austerity protest was loud but largely peaceful, with the odd shouts of "Tory scum" targeted at anyone wearing a suit. 

Inside the conference centre - just yards away but protected by airport-style security - the setting was one more in keeping with David Cameron's village fair, with stalls selling everything from champagne to comfy cushions, spa treatments and wellies. 

Then-deputy chairman Eric Pickles banned champagne from the annual conference in 2009. But fresh from winning a majority in the General Election, the party currently has plenty to celebrate - and delegates did not have to venture far to find a bottle of bubbly.

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There are also massive bottles of red wine on display...

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And if that's not enough, you could always splash out and hire a whole bar: 

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The wine-tasting stall was proving very popular...

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And for those seeking to unwind, the conference also offers some calming live music: 

There are at least two stalls promoting the virtues of expensive jackets:

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And for any delegates who may have spilled red wine over their favourite shirt, this stall is on hand to help: 

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One stall is dedicated to upmarket cufflinks:

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Children are catered for too, with the Lazy Lizards stall selling an array of soft toys:

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You can book yourself on to a fly fishing trip:

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Anyone on the look out for a fancy, comfy cushion can spend some time perusing this stall: 

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And if they're in need of even more comfort, then a pop-up spa is at hand:

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Sometimes all you need is a pair of wellies with grass growing out of them and a bowl of sweets:

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If you've still got spare cash, then a stall selling oil paintings might be just the place to spend it:

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There are plenty of stalls selling luxury jewellery:

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And lots of different tea cups to choose from: 

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Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins, fresh from describing Jeremy Corbyn as a "laughing stock", appears to love David Cameron. Whether he'll manage to sell many of these sinks printed with a logo of him and the Prime Minister is doubtful... 

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Here's the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale learning about the Football League, which has a stall, of course: 

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Meanwhile, on the other side of the security 'ring of steel' outside the conference, stands 63-year-old Manchester artist Stephen Raw, who wanted everyone to know he doesn't like Eton Mess: 

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He was joined by plenty of pigs: 

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And even Theresa May made a surprise appearance: 

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But some protesters were just plain rude - not exactly conforming to Jeremy Corbyn's "new, kinder politics":  

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But there were plenty of nice protesters too: 

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