Boris Johnson capped off the Conservatives’ four-day conference in Manchester with a rambling speech where he pledged to “build back beaver” rather than addressing the cost of living crisis.
The Prime Minister’s speech is usually a highly-anticipated event but Mr Johnson’s 45 minute address only included one reheated policy announcement and a string of bad jokes.
The speech came against a backdrop of soaring bills and shortages of fuel and food supplies – but with little detail on how the Government plans to help struggling families.
The address, which was branded tone-deaf by critics, marked the pinnacle of the four-day gathering of Tory faithful in Manchester.
Here are the moments from Conservative party conference that remind us who is in Government.
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DWP chief has the ‘Time of her Life’ while slashing benefits
Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey performed an enthusiastic rendition of the 1987 power ballad at a karaoke bash hours before she cut Universal Credit for 5.8million Brits.
She joined forces with fellow Tory minister Will Quince for the performance – which was criticised as tone deaf.
Today she will oversee the end of the £20-a-week Universal Credit uplift, the biggest overnight welfare cut since the Second World War.
Labour’s Jonathan Reynolds said: “The Secretary of State singing that she is having the ‘time of her life’ while making families £1,000 a year worse off today is frankly an insult and a disgrace. “
Dominic Raab confuses meaning of misogyny – as Tories refuse to make it a hate crime
Dominic Raab was mocked when he appeared to confuse the meaning of misogyny – defined as hatred or contempt for women.
The Justice Secretary, who has previously said he isn’t a feminist, was mocked when he mistakenly said “it was absolutely wrong, whether it is a man against a woman or a woman against a man”.
In a disastrous BBC Breakfast interview from the Tory party conference, Mr Raab had to be told the definition of misogyny by presenter Sally Nugent.
Boris Johnson rejected growing calls make misogyny a hate crime amid widespread anger over women’s safety in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder.
Mr Johnson said: “Rather than expanding the range of crimes we want to prosecute for, we need to prosecute the existing crimes.”
He admitted that the “anger over Sarah Everard’s murder is a symptom” of a “wider frustration that people feel”.
However, he added: “I think that what we should do is prosecute people for the crimes we have on the statute book.”
Oliver Dowden tells civil servants to ‘get off their pelotons’
Conservative Party chairman Oliver Dowden went on a bizarre rant when he ordered civil servants to “get off their Pelotons and back to their desks”.
Mr Dowden accused Whitehall officials of owning the high-end exercise bike, which costs £1,750 plus a £39-a-month subscription.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has spoken about how he owns one of the expensive spin bikes.
Mr Dowden also threatened to withdraw cash from taxpayer-backed firms, warning: “go too woke, risk going broke”.
And he said billionaires pay vast sums to dine in secret with Boris Johnson out of “civic duty”.
MP goes on bizarre rant about woke-ing from home
Tory MP Jake Berry accused civil servants of being too slow to return to the office – and too woke – in baffling comments to a Tory fringe.
“Many people – factory workers in my constituency, people working in our shops, people working in our public services – need to get back to work. And the government can give leadership here,” he said.
“Because we absolutely have to get the civil service back into the office. It’s time to end the Whitehall ‘woke-ing’ from home culture – sorry, working from home culture, but it really is majority ‘woke-ing’ from home.”
FDA general secretary Dave Penman tweeted: “You can just smell the desperation in their argument when they need to invent a culture war to justify their point.”
Rishi Sunak refuses to budge on Universal Credit
The Chancellor made it clear he was tightening the purse strings in his conference speech.
Mr Sunak failed to mention the major cuts imposed to Universal Credit but he said people should be in work rather than reliant on benefits.
He said: “Is the answer to their hopes and dreams just to increase their benefits?
“Is the answer to tell that young family the economic system is rigged against you and the only way you stand a chance is to lean ever more on the state?
He added: “I believe that the only sustainable route out of poverty comes from having a good job.”
But critics accused him of failing to put forward a plan to helping struggling families.
Mass slaughter of pigs doesn’t matter – as they would have been bacon, says PM
Boris Johnson suggested that it wouldn’t matter if 100,000 pigs have to be killed and dumped in skips due to shortages of abattoir staff – as they would have become bacon anyway.
Pig farmers are furious that they are having to slaughter and dump animals as they don’t have enough butchers to prepare the meat to sell in shops.
The PM cruelly suggested this didn’t matter, saying he had considered pointing out “that is what happens to pigs in this country”.
Pressed on the welfare issues, he replied: “I’m afraid they’re eaten very often in this country – I don’t know, do you have a bacon sandwich?
“That is what happens. Pig farmers in… my family used to farm pigs as it happens have an extremely … look, just tell me, I’ve got to break it to you, that if you have a bacon sandwich – have you ever had a bacon sandwich?
“Don’t dodge it, have you ever had a bacon sandwich?”
Tax Marcus Rashford to fund football pitches, urges backbencher
Tory backbencher Ben Bradley joked that Marcus Rashford should be taxed to pay for the FA’s bid to upgrade grounds to 3G – which consist of synthetic turf, sand infill and rubber infill.
The footballer twice shamed the Government into funding free school meals during the holidays – and riled Tory MPs by doing so.
Mr Bradley, who is also Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, told a conference event that new taxes on the rich were “not ideal”.
But he added: “I was talking to the FA the other day about their need for more 3G football pitches and I thought ‘you could tax Marcus Rashford for that’ – so maybe there are examples.”
Nadine Dorries blasts BBC nepotism – after paying her daughters public cash
The newly-minted Culture Secretary didn’t mince her words during a Tory conference event where she blasted the BBC for being “elitist”.
Ms Dorries, who grew up in a working class family in Liverpool, said people from her background struggled to find jobs at the BBC and in the arts.
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“We’re having a discussion about how the BBC can become more representative of the people who pay the licence fee, and how it can be more accessible to people from all backgrounds, not just people whose mum and dad worked there,” she said.
Ms Dorries neglected to mention that she had employed her daughters Phillipa, then 27, and Jennifer, then 23 – in secretarial roles in her private office in 2012.
Both daughters were paid from public funds at a cost to the taxpayer of up to £80,000, the Mirror revealed at the time.
Supermarket shortages could be an opportunity, says one MP
Tory MP Chris Loder sparked a backlash when he tried to claim the shortages facing shoppers were a “great opportunity”.
The backbencher told a fringe event that there could be benefits in seeing supermarket supply chains crumble – as farmers would be able to sell their products in village shops.
He went on: “I know it might not feel like it in the immediate term. But it is in our mid and long-term interest that these logistics chains do break.
“It will mean that the farmer down the street will be able to sell their milk in the village shop like they did decades ago.
“It is because these commercial predators – that is the supermarkets – have wiped that out and I’d like to see that come back.”
Liz Truss claims Boris Johnson is not responsible what’s in the shops
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss insisted that it wasn’t Boris Johnson’s fault that shelves are bare – despite him being the PM.
Ms Truss, a long-time Johnson cheerleader, said it wasn’t the PM’s responsibility to keep the shops stocked.
She told a fringe event hosted by the Telegraph’s Chopper’s Politics Podcast: “I don’t believe in a command and control economy, so I don’t believe that the Prime Minister is responsible for what’s in the shops.”
She added: “This is why we have a free enterprise economy. I’m sure the goods will be delivered into our shops.”