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Conservative conference - as it happened: Boris Johnson denounced as 'irrelevant and offensive' from main stage

Conservative Party Conference: Five things to watch

Boris Johnson has been denounced from the stage of the Conservative Party conference as "irrelevant" and an "offensive person" by Lord Digby Jones for his contentious remarks about businesses.

It comes after the party was hit by a humiliating security gaffe in the official conference app, which allowed members of the public to access the contact details and mobile phone numbers of senior members of the government and prominent journalists.

On Sunday - the first day of the party's annual conference in Birmingham - a sizeable protest also took place in Birmingham as demonstrators demanded a second public vote on the final Brexit deal.

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Conservative party chairman, Brandon Lewis, is now talking on Sky News about the party's app after the security gaffe yesterday.

"Any breach of data is a serious matter - we've spoken to the company that supplied it. We are contacting the delegates concerned, but any breach is a serious breach."

Lewis says members of the public "had to have their email addresses" to access delegates numbers. 

He refuses to say whether he considered resigning over the debacle. 

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Lewis says there will be a concentration at conference this year beyond Brexit - on the "domestic agenda".

Are you ready for an election, he is asked.  "I am not working in hypotheticals - the next general election is in 2022."

Will Theresa May lead the Conservatives into the next general? "I hope she will, yeah." 

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This is the Conservative MP George Freeman, who formerly advised Theresa May, commenting on one Independent story from last night with remarks from the prime minister's former deputy, Damian Green.

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Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Conservative leader, says people don't have to have your mobile number to be toxic to you when asked about the conference security breach. 

"There's no doubt it was embarrassing," she says. 

On Brexit, she says there are areas of "impasse" between the UK government and the EU, but we know that officials are working together

Asked whether she wanted a no-deal or a second referendum, Davidson says: "It's a false choice."

"There is a deal there to be done - the party should be giving her the space to get on and get done with it."

Asked about Boris Johnson's use of the word "deranged" to describe the Chequers plan put forward by the PM, Davidson says she wouldn't use that particular language. 

She says if there were another referendum, she would vote to Remain in the European Union - again.

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