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Boris Johnson’s unexpectedly tricky Conservative Party conference

The prime minister needs to reset course and stick to it

By Paul Wallace  

Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto/PA Images

When Boris Johnson carried all before him at the polls last December, he had every reason to look forward to his first post-election conference. For the classically-minded prime minister it would be the Tory equivalent of the Roman triumph, the spectacular parade celebrating a conquering commander. That dream has faded, and not just because the event starting on Saturday will be online, stripping away the buzz and bustle of the real thing.

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