The shadow cast by Ukip over the Conservative conference lengthened today after first Boris Johnson’s former right-hand man and then the son of a Eurosceptic Tory MP became the latest prominent recruits to Nigel Farage’s party.
Plans by Theresa May to give police and the security services a battery of new anti-terrorism powers including “gagging orders” and a “snoopers’ charter” ran into heavy criticism on Tuesday night from senior Conservatives and civil liberties groups.
Generations of political students will be grateful to Ukip for publishing the full texts of all speeches from its recent conference on its website. Every golden word uttered by Nigel Farage, Douglas Carswell, Mark Reckless and the “lesser kipper” frontbenchers is there.
Boris Johnson had to overcome a hurdle greater than the mere defection to Ukip of his former deputy today: the earlier magisterial, grimly serious and rather scary speech by the 'Woman in Black', his sworn leadership rival, Theresa May. As she explained: “I am going to talk to you about the deadly terrorist threat we face.” Which she did. At length […]