Conservatives launch UK conference 2023 in Manchester

Rishi Sunak has arrived in Manchester for what could be his last party conference before the next election.

Mr Sunak will not make his main speech until Wednesday, however to mark the start of the conference, the government has announced £1.1bn of funding aimed at regenerating high streets and tackling anti-social behaviour. The money will be shared between 55 towns - including Torquay, Rotherham and Kilmarnock - with each getting £20m over a decade. (1)

However, the prime minister faces pressure from across his party over issues including tax cuts and HS2.

Mr Sunak has repeatedly refused to say if the HS2 will run from Birmingham to the North West.

Cabinet ministers Kemi Badenoch and Suella Braverman also want a debate on whether to leave the European Convention on Human Rights.

(1) if my calculations are correct then that’s the equivalent of £2m per year. Rotherham Council’s budget proposals for 2023/24 include a revenue budget of £302m – the money the Council uses for providing day-to-day services – and capital expenditure of £611m across 2023/24 to 2025/26, which is for one-off costs on equipment or investment in longer-term developments. (2) So £2m won’t go far enough to make any difference.

(2) Council’s plan to close £6m inflation budget gap – Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

Exciting stuff! Though you’d think that Tories could afford a more interesting venue than Manchester for their annual conference, Costa del Sol or Monaco perhaps? Why not make a proper junket of it?

I am looking forward to receiving regular updates of their shenanigans in the fleshpots of Manchester.

They should all be safely back in London by tomorrow night. No time for fleshpots especially when the other half is in tow.

That’s very disappointing.

They’re still sorting the last “Partygate” out :icon_wink:

Apparently, the conference is over. It seems to have been a dull affair.

No more “cheese” speeches from ex PM Truss? That would have livened proceedings up no end.

Who had the Scotch Egg?

That is a question for someone way above my pay grade, I was expecting many fascinating reports from the conference but it seems to have been a bit of a fizzer.

Lets just aspire to get to the pay scale of a Train Driver, pre any potential increase by strike action, wonder what Casey Jones raked in?

Truss was not invited to speak at conference proper, but held court on the fringes somewhere

Thank goodness Jonathan Pie knows all about what happened at the conference.


The conference finished with even Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arguing “there is the undeniable sense that politics just doesn’t work the way it should” and “Westminster is a broken system”. The case the ERS and partners were making at conference is the best way to make politics better serve voters is to accurately represent them in parliament, and that only happens with a fairer proportional voting system.

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