The Conservative conference has only just begun and already blue-on-blue warfare has broken out on the main stage. Although No. 10 had been nervous that Boris Johnson’s popularity at the annual event could usurp Theresa May’s, there is little sign of Johnson-mania in the conference hall.
Lord (Digby) Jones – the ex-CBI chief and Brexiteer – used his turn on the stage to lay into the former foreign secretary. He said that Boris Johnson’s ‘f— business’ jibe ‘showed him up for the irrelevant and offensive person he really is’.
In response, attendees in the hall applauded while the Cabinet – including one Theresa May – looked on awkwardly.