THIS WEEK AT THE CONFERENCE

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MAIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

pounds 12m expansion of workfare for 18 to 50-year-old unemployed

Fraud Bill enabling cross-checking of tax returns, VAT returns, and benefit claims

Electronic tagging for young offenders

Power for judges to shame young offenders by naming them

Renewal of manifesto commitment to increase spending on the NHS in real terms every year for the next Parliament

Bill to allow consumers to sue unions for unreasonable damage caused by strikes

pounds 29m extra support for beef farmers and pounds 16.5m to pay for cold storage of beef to help clear BSE culling backlog

pounds 300m per year millennium funds from lottery to go on computer networks after turn of the century

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"Stop the talking - let's get cracking" Lady Thatcher

"If we throw away the next election, we won't just throw away the last five years. We will throw away the last 17" John Major

"I tell this conference - in order to win we need three extra policies: unity, unity and unity" Michael Portillo.

"Let me be frank - if you want Labour in power, just go on behaving the way Labour behaved. That kept them in opposition for 17 years" Michael Heseltine.

GOOD WEEK... ...BAD WEEK DEVIL OF THE WEEK

John Major

A bravura mid-week performance in question-and-answer session, and keynote speech shorn of histrionics

Neil Hamilton

Persona non grata

after collapse of his "sleaze row" libel

action on the first day of the conference

Lord McAlpine

Former Tory Party treasurer, defected to Sir Jimmy Goldsmith's Referendum Party

FASHION STATEMENT

John Major's decision to take his jacket off during a question- and-answer session, prompting Labour to claim that Tony Blair did it first

JOKE OF THE WEEK

Gordon Brown bases his policies on the Dolly Parton school of economics - an unbelievable figure blown out of all proportion (Ken Clarke). Author: Angela Knight, junior Treasury minister

RAPTUREMETER READINGS OF THE WEEK

John Major 92 decibels

(rising to 98 when he attacked Gerry Adams)

Kenneth Clarke 94 decibels

Michael Portillo 90 decibels

(rising to 96 when he called for unity)

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