YESTERDAY AT THE CONFERENCE

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QUOTES OF THE DAY

"Gordon Brown bases his policies on the Dolly Parton school of economics - an unbelievable figure blown out of all proportion, with no visible means of support." Kenneth Clarke

"Last week the Sun fell for Tony Blair's speech. This week they fell for the so-called Diana tapes. Two fakes in a fortnight." Michael Heseltine

"Some Euro-sceptics gloat over the thought of post-defeat bloodbaths; purges on the scale of Stalin...Let old polecats do what they do best and sit in their trees spitting." Tom Spencer MEP

"In order to win we need three extra policies - unity, unity and unity." Michael Portillo

"Oh, they do like to lie beside the seaside." Labour rebuttal unit

GOOD DAY... ...BAD DAY DEVIL OF THE DAY

Kenneth Clarke

predictions of a hostile reception proved unfounded. Wittly trod the Cabinet line

Brian Mawhinney

party chairman produced a "defector" from Labour only to have him unmasked as a Tory activist

Sir James

Goldsmith

even more than usual for failing to trumpet Britain's achievement and for his cynicism

THE CROWD-PULLERS ON THE FRINGE

Michael Forsyth, Scottish Secretary, full-blooded attack on the xenophobia of the SNP, 200 people.

Norman Lamont, calling for the abolition of the top rate of income tax and a single standard rate, 90 people

ERIC CANTONISM OF THE DAY

"You can make a free market with a thousand chickens. Can you make a free market with 1,000 chickens and two or three foxes?" Belgian Euro-sceptic baffling Norman Lamont on the fringe

THE PARTIES TO BE SEEN AT

The Saatchi party, drinks with newly ennobled Maurice in a marquee.

Lord Hesketh's party in his suite at the

Highcliff.

European Commission - spot the sceptics accepting Brussels hospitality at the Highcliff

SIGHTINGS

Jim Davidson, comedian, and Patti Boulaye, soul singer, guests at the Conference Ball

RAPTUREMETER

Michael Heseltine 4 min 25 sec

Deputy Prime Minister 94 decibels

Kenneth Clarke 4 min 20 sec

Chancellor of the Exchequer 94 decibels

Gillian Shephard 1 min 48 sec

Education 92 decibels

Michael Portillo 1 min 45 sec

Defence 90 decibels

Virginia Bottomley 1 min 32 sec

National Heritage 89 decibels

TODAY'S BUSINESS

Financial appeal by Lord Parkinson. Closing address by John Major

Compiled by STEPHEN GOODWIN

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