Despite concerns around UKIP defections, David’s speech seems to have settled the party faithful. Fringes were packed, MPs and Ministers were buzzing with energy and Ed Miliband’s ears will have been burning from the amount of jabs made regarding his party conference speech. Political Intelligence shares their top ten Conference takeaways:

 

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Economy, economy, economy. Every MP and Minister emphasised the fact that Britain still has a lot of work to do in regards to the deficit but was in safe hands under the Conservatives.

 

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The Reckless defection appeared to galvanize the party membership against UKIP, despite its appeal to the right of the party.  Many remarking at fringe events that they lack policy on anything other than the EU. Conservative MPs were all singing from the same song sheet on this. ‘A vote for UKIP is a vote for Labour’.

 

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The TechCentral tent was buzzing with MPs and Ministers appearing more engaged than at the Labour Party Conference.

 

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The NHS is not just a focus for the Labour Party. Cameron’s speech paid tribute to his personal experience of the NHS and why it matters to him and made a clear statement of intent that he would fight Labour hard in this vital election battleground.

 

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The conference was remarkably upbeat, very busy and we noticed larger numbers of young people this year in comparison to recent years. And this despite the current polls as well as the threat of UKIP. Fringes were packed, MPs were on message and there was real feeling that Cameron could close the gap and at the very least be the majority party. This was in contrast to the surprisingly flat experience at the Labour conference, that didn’t reflect a party ready to lead come May 2015, despite what the pollsters are currently predicting.

 

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Conservatives were praising their efforts in regards to the outcome of the Scottish referendum; a little too much some might say, given the last minute panic from all three main party leaders and their reliance on Gordon Brown.

 

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Michael Gove’s support from party members and colleagues was clear; he received a number of standing ovations during the four days and his reception in the main hall before the PM’s speech was resounding. The real question is why this appreciation doesn’t translate to the wider public, where he is considered toxic…

 

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The light surrounding Boris dimmed slightly after his speech on Tuesday, which lacked a clear message, partly because it was so “on message” and was filled with more one-liners than substance.

 

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Ed Miliband bashing was firmly on the agenda. Every Minister speaking in Symphony Hall mentioned his disastrous speech at Labour Party conference.

 

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Cameron’s speech was impressive; it was passionate, focused and reflected someone eager to settle the election battlegrounds. Having said that, he cut a section from his speech that focused on the environment, so gone are the days of being the ‘greenest government ever’ then…

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