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Wandering hands and selfies with Dominic Cummings—how Tory party conference became a comfort blanket for little boys

The Conservatives enjoyed themselves in Manchester, but there was anger beneath the jolly veneer

By Marie Le Conte  

Dominic Cummings in Manchester. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Conservative party conference felt like an afterthought, at first; the government had just lost its Supreme Court case and its short recess, few MPs were expected to attend, and everyone felt too worried about the ticking Brexit clock to really focus on a jaunt to Manchester.

It felt like a miracle, then, to walk inside the convention complex and find it both full and disconcertingly buoyant. Cheerful party activists were there, ministers were out in force, walking around…

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