Brexit: Sajid Javid confident UK will leave EU on 31st October
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The man stood waving a flag in the designated protest area in St Peter’s Square on his own. He told Express.co.uk: “I’m a bit disappointed. There were a lot more yesterday. The EU is not perfect but it has brought peace.”
Stanley Johnson defended his son against groping allegations, saying he believed his son was truthful in his denial (Image: Sky News)
Mr Johnson Snr said he received a warm and supportive reception in Manchester (Image: REUTERS)
Meanwhile, Chancellor Sajid Javid said a no-deal Brexit "may well happen" despite the Benn Act's restrictions which are aimed at delaying the UK's withdrawal from the EU if there is not an agreement in place.
He told the BBC: "Of course, every government should observe all laws at all times.
"We're taking a careful look at that law.
"But we're also very clear that our policy has not changed. We will leave on October 31.
"And if you are going to ask me next, how we going to do that? We're not going to set that out right now. We're going to focus on trying to get a deal and continue preparations for no-deal, because it may well happen.
"And when we get closer to October 31, we'll set up exactly the form of our exit."
He also said that if opposition parties want to stage a no-confidence vote in the government they should "please go ahead and do it and let's decide who is going to run this country and deliver the people's priorities".
Only one protester turned up to shout at Boris Johnson outside the conference today (Image: EXPRESS)
6.56pm update: Scuffle breaks out between Brexit and anti-Brexit supporters
Footage posted on social media shows a scuffle between pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit supporters near the conference venue in Manchester.
A handful of people appear to be involved in a brief tug-of-war over an EU flag.
The video ends with the police on the scene.
6.35pm update: Conference marred by Islamophobia claims
The president of the National Union of Students has hit out at the Tories, accusing them of denying the existence of Islamophobia within the ranks of the party.
5.13pm update: Mr Johnson Snr dodges questions on Arcuri
During a live interview on Sky News Mr Johnson Snr refused to answer questions over his son’s links to businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri.
The London Assembly has ordered the prime minister to explain his links to the American woman following claims he failed to declare a potential conflict of interest when he was mayor of London.
Mr Johnson Snr said: “No, no, no,” before trying to walking away from the presenter.
5.06pm update: Boris Johnson’s father accuses TV presenter of ‘ambushing him’ over groping allegations
Mr Johnson Snr accused a Sky News presenter of “ambushing” him inside the conference arena after she attempted to ask him about the controversy surrounding his son’s private life.
When asked by Kay Burley if he would comment on the allegations, he said he wouldn’t say anything about them and added: “You can’t just ambush me while I’m walking through!
“No, I am not going to be ambushed!
“As far as I’m concerned, I saw what was said on television. I was 100 precent convinced that everything that was said is as it is and that’s where I think where we are on that.”
He was referring to his son’s earlier interview in which he slapped down the notion he had groped a journalist.
Mr Johnson Snr said his family members trust each other to tell the truth before accusing the Sky News host of “cooking this up”.
He added: “I’m just innocently walking along to see if I can find a coffee and then I am surprised, ambushed, that’s it. Thank you very much.”
5.04pm update: Mr Johnson’s father said EU could reject extension request
Mr Johnson’s father said the EU may be so “fed up” with Brexit negotiations that they would deny a further extension.
5.02pm update: ‘100 percent sure of a deal before Halloween’ – Boris Johnson’s father
4.57pm update: EU ‘cannot afford no-deal’
Mr Johnson’s father said he is confident his son will handle the challenges of the job “absolutely fine”. He claimed the Johnson family was “united” despite the prime miniter’s borther Jo and sister Rachel disaggreeeing with him on a number of issues.
He said he foresaw a “surprise solution” propping up at the last minute to make Brexit on October 31 possible.
He said the EU would realise at the last minute that “they cannot afford not to have a deal”.
He said he believes 31 days – the amount of time until Brexit Day – is enough time to strike a deal.
“I’ve seen all sorts of things happen in a month. Wait for it.”
4.45pm update: Stanley Johnson says supporters told him ‘Well Done’ to the Tories
The prime minister father has told Sky News he was given a warm reception in Manchester after getting off the train this afternoon.
Mr Johnson Snr said of the conference: "This is the moment when we are all going to crack it, it's going to be a fine, fine event.”
3.36pm update: Javid announces £10.50-per-hour living wage
He said everyone over the age of 21 would be eligible.
“We are the workers’ party,” he tol the crowds as they applauded.
3.28pm update: Javid announces £500m for youth programme
“I can announce today a new youth investment fund. This ambitious £500 million programme will roll out youth centres and services right across the country, helping million more young people get on the conveyor belt to a better life and a better career,” he said.
He said the next generation is worried about not being able to afford homes.
He said: “On our watch, 1,000 extra people have gone into work every day since 2010 and this applies to all corners of the country, with most of those new jobs being created outside London and the South East.”
Mr Javid said when he meets his European counterparts they ask him how are the Tories doing this?
3.25pm update: Javid pays tribute to former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson
Mr Javid joked about his baldness during a speech (Image: AFP/GETTY)
Mr Javid spoke passionately about Britain’s infrastructure and public transport (Image: AFP/GETTY)
Mr Javid said: “This Government is going to build Britain’s future and bring in an infrastructure revolution.”
He the benefits may not be felt for some time but work would start immediately.
He said the first “wave” of the revolution would be a strategy with £29 billion for roads over the next five years.
He mentions a number of highways which will benefit from the funds.
Now, he moves on to busses – the “backbone” of the UK’s public transport. He mentions his own personal connection to busses – his father was a bus driver.
The Conservative Party are allocating £220 million for busses in the UK.
He jokes that others in the party like to paint busses, a playful dig at Mr Johnson’s Brexit campaign bus.
He announced that Tories will commit £5 billion to rolling out broadband to hard-to-reach parts of the UK.
3.18pm update: Tories ‘party of law and order’
Mr Javid said Mr Johnson would restore the Toreis’ reputation as “the party of law and order”.
He said: “Brexit was a wake-up call that we needed to be better connected both across our country and beyond our shores.”
3.17pm update: Public services ‘are at the heart of this Government’s agenda’ – Javid
3.16pm update: Free market is only way to fund world-class public services – Javid
3.14pm: Javid jokes about his baldness
Mr Javid said a “decade of recovery” followed the last Labour Government’s term and now a “decade of renewal” would kick off after Brexit.
He said Mr Johnson and himself “share the same determination on Brexit, the same vision of One Nation Conservatism”.
He joked that himself and the prime minister also spend about the same amount of time brushing their hair, while gesturing to his bald head.
3.11pm update: Labour are ‘hiding away’ from general election
Mr Javid blasted Labour’s policies and said the Tories are ready for change.
“I will launch a Brexit red tape challenge to help identify regulations that we can improve or remove,” said the Chancellor.
He said the Tory Government would seek to “liberate” British businesses and entrepreneurs from “overburdening bureacracy”.
He said the Tories are a “pro-business Governement”.
3.10pm update: ‘Labour left behind a bankrupt Britain and we fixed it,’ Javid says
3.09pm update: Chancellor Sajid Javid takes to the stage
2.42pm update: Parliament sits in the Commons – but most of the Tories are missing
MPs are sitting in the Commons, showing they have resumed business as usual after returning to Parliament last week when Mr Johnson’s prorogation was deemed unlawful.
But while the Labour and Lib Dem seats were mostly filled, the Conservative side of the Commons looked rather sparse.
This is because a lot of MPs are at the conference in Manchester.
The prime minister pictured arriving at the conference with Home Secretary Priti Patel (Image: REUTERS)
Brexit: Lone Remain protester stands outside Tory conference
The man said he was disappointed by the turnout (Image: EXPRESS)
2.25pm update: Highlights from the Bruges Group debate at the conference
Mark Francois said: "What you saw from Labour benches was a sort of cri de coeur.
“Those Labour MPs are now aware of the fact that because of the way they've acted over the past three years, many of them aren't coming back.
“And many of them don't like it and don't like being called out."
Meanwhile, there was a big round of applause for Martin Howe QC, who said: "Once we're done with Brexit, we need to repair the terrible damage the remainers have done to our constitution."
2.15pm update: DUP’s Foster says Brexit backstop must go to keep peace in Northern Ireland
The leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster has said the European Union and Ireland needed to work with the British government to remove the Irish border backstop from the Brexit deal.
Speaking at an event on the sidelines of the governing Conservative Party’s annual conference, Ms Foster said the backstop, an insurance policy aimed at avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland, must be replaced in order to protect Northern Ireland’s 1998 peace accord.
She also said: “I believe this Prime Minister will not be leaving Northern Ireland behind in an EU Customs Union”.
1.36pm update: Rees-Mogg lets rip on second day of conference
Jacob Rees-Mogg has called the Fixed-Term Parliament Act “one of the mosts stupid acts that was ever put on the statute books” as he hae a second speech at the conference.
He added he regrets voting for Theresa May’s deal on Meaningful Vote 3, which he did so because of “the risk of losing Brexit altogether”.
Mr Rees-Mogg added it was “better to take a bad deal, get a new leader and then change it”.
Mr Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel cheered as they watched speeches (Image: REUTERS)
12.51pm update: Boris insists row over his personal life will not overshadow Tory conference
Boris Johnson insisted that allegations regarding his personal life would not be allowed to overshadow the Conservative Party conference.
The Prime Minister was forced to deny claims that he squeezed the thigh of a female journalist under the table during a private lunch.
He has also faced allegations about his relationship with American entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri and whether she enjoyed preferential treatment while he was mayor of London.
Questioned about journalist Charlotte Edwardes’ claim that he squeezed her thigh at a private lunch at The Spectator magazine’s HQ shortly after be became editor in 1999, Mr Johnson denied it.
Asked if he had done it, he told reporters during a visit to a warehouse in Manchester: “No, and I think what the public want to hear is about what we are doing to level up and unite the country.”
Asked if she had made it up he said: “I’m just saying what I’ve said. What the public want to hear is what we are doing for them and for the country and the investment in ways of uniting the country.”
12.32pm update: Gavin Williamson claims England can overtake Germany at technical education within 10 years
The Education Secretary said during his speech: “I promise to give my all to make technical and vocational education the first choice for anybody … with the aptitude, desire and interest to pursue it.
“Apprenticeships, technical and vocational education are just as valuable as university education, and they are just as important to our economy.
“So, today, I am setting a new ambition: to super-charge further education over the next decade with an aim to overtake Germany in the opportunities we offer to those studying technical routes by 2029.”
Mr Williamson added he would set up an expert skills and productivity board to help achieve this.
He also said the government would be spending an extra £120m to set up institutes of technology in 20 cities.
11.50am update: Boris speaks about Brexit at the conference
Mr Johnson insisted the Tories were a “pro-European party” but “after 45 years of quite profound constitutional change in the way the EU is run, we want to build a new relationship”.
The prime minister said: “I’m cautiously optimistic. We have made some pretty big moves, we are waiting to see whether our European friends will help us and whether we can find the right landing zone.
“But whatever happens we’ll come out on October 31. It’s coming up soon, 31 days.”
Thomas Cook protesters swarm the Tory Conference in Manchester (Image: PA)
Conservative MPs were a little thin on the ground in Parliament today (Image: PARLIAMENT TV)
10.50am update: Matt Hancock blasts Labour Party for ‘dangerous ideology’
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Conservative party members that the Labour party “peddle a dangerous ideology”.
Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester, Mr Hancock said: “We meet at a turbulent political moment and I believe we have a deep and solemn responsibility to steer our beloved country through these troubled times.
“And I feel that responsibility now more than I’ve ever felt in my lifetime because ultimately, at the next general election, whenever it comes, the choice will be between the Conservative Government and a government led by Jeremy Corbyn – there is no-one else.
“And the Corbynistas aren’t the usual soft left who we’ve disagreed with in the past but who essentially believe in what is good about Britain – no – they peddle a dangerous ideology, they’re hell-bent on destroying everything that’s made this country great.”
Mr Hancock continued: “We all have a duty, and I feel this duty deeply and personally.
“Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street, we must never let it happen.”
10.48am update: Protesters arrive at the conference building
Former Thomas Cook cabin crew are protesting outside the Manchester Convention Centre as the Conservative Party conference is taking place.
However, the scale of the protests are said to be smaller than they usually are.
10.39am update: Boris has arrived at Tory Conference
The Prime Minister has been pictured getting out of his car after arriving at the conference in Manchester this morning.
The prime minister’s girlfriend Carrie Symonds pictured at the conference in Manchester (Image: REUTERS)
Sajid Javid defends PM after ‘grope’ allegations
10.11am update: Matt Hancock opens his speech with a joke about Labour Deputy Tom Watson
Mr Hancock joked about Tom Watson's weight loss.
He said: "In fact, I hear his shadow cabinet colleagues are so supportive of his weight loss they want him to disappear altogether.”
10.06am update: Jenrick to announce new shared ownership plans
Housing Secretary Robert Jenric k will use his conference speech to announce plans to extend new measures to give housing association tenants a path to shared ownership of their homes.
In a press statement, the Conservative Party said: “We will establish a new national model for shared ownership which allows people in new housing association properties to buy a proportion of their home while paying a subsidised rent on the rest – helping thousands of lower earners step onto the housing ladder.
“People will be able to buy more of their home in 1 percent increments, rather than the 10 percent (or more) chunks currently required.”
9.10am update: Javid continues to speak about Brexit before he gives speech at Tory conference
Mr Javid said he was not sure how much a no-deal Brexit would cost the economy in the short-term.
He told Today: “I don’t think anyone really knows a full proper answer to that question.
“And I have never pretended that if you leave without a deal it won’t be challenging.”
The Chancellor also dismissed former Tory minister Justine Greening’s calls for Brexit plans to be published.
He said: ”The absolute worst negotiating strategy in the world would be to publicly negotiate. It’s a ridiculous suggestion.”
The Prime Minister attended day two of the Tory Conference in Manchester (Image: GETTY)
Jacob Rees-Mogg brutally attacks Corbyn at Tory conference
8.50am update: Jacob Rees-Mogg has Tory conference in stitches as he lays into 'Georgie Porgie' Corbyn
The leader of the House of Commons had the audience laughing as he said Jeremy Corbyn has achieved something incredible which was being “more unpopular on his side than on ours”.
Mr Rees-Mogg’s attack comes as Mr Corbyn has faced criticism for “sitting on the fence” over his stance on Brexit as has failed to say which side he supports.
Last week the Labour Party voted by a show of hands to back Remain if a second referendum is held.
Speaking at the conference, Mr Rees-Mogg said: "On the Left we have Jeremy Corbyn, self-renowned Marxist, arguably the most Left-wing leader the Labour Party has ever had.
"He has achieved the most remarkable feat of being more unpopular on his side than on ours.
"I never thought I would get such applause for Jeremy Corbyn at a Tory Party Conference.
"Mr Corbyn would have the public believe that he is a man of principle.”
8am update: What is the schedule today?
The Conservatives will surely be hoping to get their conference back on track after a storm over the prime minister's private life overshadowed the first day.
10am – Panel discussion on boosting public services with Treasury Chief Secretary Rishi Sunak, Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey, Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock
10.45am – Session on education including speech by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson
11.20am – Panel discussion on public investment with ministers Nadhim Zahawi, Esther McVey and Jake Berry
2pm – Panel discussion on technology, education and the environment with Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers and ministers Kwasi Kwarteng and Zac Goldsmith
2.55pm – Speech by Chancellor Sajid Javid
3.15pm – Panel discussion on infrastructure with Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
Elsewhere, Arlene Foster, Mark Francois and John Redwood will speak at Bruges Group Brexit event from 1pm and former Prime Minister Theresa May is speaking at Henley literary festival from 2pm.
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