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The one word used most to describe the mood at Tory party conference? Flat

It was hard to walk around conference for more than a few minutes without wanting to wave a banner saying “cheer up love, it may never happen”

By Marie Le Conte  

Ruth Davidson was one of the few senior Tories whose presence seemed to be welcome. Photo: PA

Former MP Francis Maude apparently once quipped that the Conservative party has two settings: “complacency and panic.”

Both moods have been on show this year. After obnoxiously striding into an early election in June, the Tories spent their annual conference in Manchester burying themselves in existential angst.

The word most-used to describe the mood of the event was “flat.” The speeches in the conference hall were flat, a lot of the…

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