by GK Strategy 1st October, 2018
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What to expect at the Tory Party Conference 2018

The Tories had a tumultuous first day yesterday at their Party Conference. This embarrassingly included a data breach where anyone could easily access MPs’ personal details on the official conference app. After this, Theresa May will be hoping that the next few days of her party conference go a lot smoother. With an estimated 11,000 delegates present, there is a lot going on. So, what should you look out for?

  1. Theresa May’s keynote speech

On Wednesday morning at 10am, the Prime Minster will address her divided party. Last year’s speech was declared all round a disaster. A prankster delivered a P45, Theresa May had a coughing fit and the stage literally fell down around the PM. Surely this year can only be better? Theresa May must attempt to unite the Conservatives and prove herself worthy of her role as leader. The Prime Minister’s recent Brexit announcement was praised, so she will hope to continue in the same positive vein. If successful, Theresa May will have reasserted herself, and given hope to a somewhat doubtful and downtrodden public.

  1. ‘The Alternative Party Conference’

Also, in Birmingham this week, a number of MPs will attend ‘The Alternative Party Conference’. Organisers of the event have declared that the official conference is “no longer for conservatives”. However, those loyal to the party have suggested that the rebels attending should set up their own party. It will therefore be interesting to see who attends. MPs expected to be there include Priti Patel and Sir Bill Cash.

  1. Protesters

On Sunday, thousands of people marched through the streets of Birmingham demanding that Britain remains in the EU. In other parts of the city, pro-Leave activists gathered to demand a harder Brexit than that offered under the Chequers Plan. You can expect further protests throughout the conference, including from Labour supporters. The effect of these protests remains to be seen. However, considering last year’s delivery of a P45 to Theresa May, the Tories may be right to worry. The party could certainly do without more embarrassment currently.

What happens during this Conservative Party Conference will likely shape Theresa May’s future, if not the Party and the country. Optimists may hope that a clearer view of Brexit will be presented. However, the pessimists (and, sadly, realists) amongst us may suggest that the conference can only further divide this fragmented party.

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