The press officer for the Cairngorms National Park turned Chief Secretary to the Treasury faces constant accusations that he has gone ‘native’, owing to the relish with which he has taken to his job of slashing the state.

He did himself few favours in that regard by speaking at a fringe event at the Tory conference last night. He was mobbed in the lobby of the Hyatt hotel when he arrived. And perhaps he should have expected the cries of ‘are you joining Danny?’ that greeted him.

The episode greatly amused the Tories, especially one minister who cruelly whispered to me: ‘He’s more popular with us than he is in his own party’.

Tags: Conservatives, Danny Alexander