Conservative party conference: in pictures

Tory grandees joining the party faithful in the crowd to signal 'we're all in this together', and al


Face in the crowd: David Cameron mingles with ordinary delegates to hear a speech.


George Osborne also joins regular delegates in the crowd, clearly as part of a strategy designed by the Tories to signal "we're all in this together".


Right to Work campaign members, students and union members gather outside the conference venue in Birmingham to protest at public spending cuts.

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George Osborne poses for a photo with some fans.


The now-obligatory David Cameron jogging-at-conference photograph.


Amongst the more traditional merchandise on sale (think framed photographs of Mrs Thatcher), are these charming "future prime minister" baby clothes. Will Florence Cameron be pictured wearing one?


The stand offering this "David's bitter" also featured a plate of jam sandwiches with little flags in featuring Ed Miliband's face and the word "jammy", and a plate of egg sandwiches with David Miliband flags described as "egg and crestfallen".

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman.

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.