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The Conservative Party Conference is now under way in Manchester. The stage set this year is a rather gloomy dark blue. Not for the Tories the brightly-lit sky blue of last week’s Labour conference. No. This is a much more reserved blue. Darker. More stern.The Chancellor was introduced by the businesswoman Karen Brady, who has just been appointed as Small Business Ambassador for the Conservative Party. Osborne, she said, was “the man who stuck to the plan,” and also “the right man, with the right plan,” and at this the inhabitant of No 11 appeared on the dais.

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