Michael Heseltine just rolled back the years with a crowd-pleasing address to conference. Heseltine extolled the values of decentralisation, celebrated the triumph of the Tory agenda and bashed Gordon Brown for his failings. Tarzan also wins the prize for being the first, and I’m open to correction on this, speaker to quote Winston Churchill; declaring that the Tories must be ready to fight Brown with their ideas in the towns.
The necessity of the Tories getting off to a good start is demonstrated by the fact that the party has put their three most crowd-pleasing platform speakers—Hague, Heseltine and Boris Johnson—up on day one. Expect New York mayor Michael Bloomberg to send the delegates back to sleep, though.