Many expect this year’s Conservative Party conference in Manchester to be Theresa May’s last as leader. The uncertainty created by the party’s loss of its majority means October’s gathering could be politically explosive.
Brexit negotiations are under way and the Tories, with the shaky support of the DUP, control parliament by the slimmest of margins. With a divided cabinet and impotent leadership, backbenchers now wield significant power to influence policy.
Once again, this year the New Statesman will organise a full itinerary of fringe events over the whole weekend.