Tory conference summary: Pigs could die but Johnson doesn’t seem to care | Conservative Conference 2021
Quote of the day
“If I may say so, the great hecatomb of pigs that you describe has not really taken place yet. Let’s see what happens. ”Boris Johnson, Prime Minister, played down fears of a mass slaughter of pigs on farms due to the lack of workers in slaughterhouses.
Tweet of the day
Debate of the day
Although Johnson received relatively little criticism from Tory rebels at the start of the conference, some were unable to contain their displeasure at the recently announced hike in national insurance premiums.
The Prime Minister exacerbated these concerns when, pressed in a BBC interview on Sunday to rule out any further tax increases, he failed but insisted he would do everything possible to avoid them. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Conservative MPs Committee, spoke at a side event on the meaning of conservatism to call for tax cuts to take effect long before the next election, proposing the metaphor: “You can’t fatten a pig on market day.
Jacob Rees-Mogg also admitted that the tax was “at about the highest level since the war” and added: “We are at the top end of the reasonableness of the tax bill.
The day in pictures
Row of the day
Away from political speeches and round tables, most delegates took the time to mingle in the conference center with dozens of booths representing a range of businesses, charities and conservative organizations. Some conservative LGBT delegates were frustrated that the LGB Alliance – an organization that advocates for the rights of people based on their sexual orientation, not gender identity – had been given a booth a few feet away from them.
The Guardian has learned that some trans delegates have stayed away from the conference this year due to the LGB Alliance presence. While some Tory MPs have been encouraged to sign a sign signaling their support for trans rights, others have made efforts to show solidarity with the LGB Alliance. Jackie Doyle-Price said it was “nice to meet up with lovely people” and encouraged others to “go say hello”.
In the relatively small auditorium, cabinet ministers taking center stage will include Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who will champion the success of his “jobs plan” just after his leave ends. Further speeches will be delivered by new upgrading secretary Michael Gove, recently promoted Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi and Brexit Minister Lord Frost, who will promote the apparent opportunities now that the UK left the EU.
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis will also host a question-and-answer session with Arlene Foster, the former DUP chief who helped back Theresa May’s government with a trust and supply deal.