The Liz line! Tory loyalists line up around the party conference venue for Prime Minister Truss’ closing speech


The Liz line! Tory loyalists line up around the party conference venue for beleaguered Prime Minister Truss’ closing speech despite fears of empty seats for the opening speech after a brutal week for the fractured party

  • Low turnout was feared as many delegates returned home on Tuesday
  • Many left early to avoid railway strikes after a dismal event marred by infighting over taxation
  • But a snake of people seen sneaking into the International Convention Center

Members of the Conservative Party began lining up for Liz Truss’s leader’s speech hours in advance despite fears of empty seats after a brutal few weeks for the prime minister.

Many Tory MPs stayed away from the Birmingham rally and there were fears of low turnout as many delegates returned home on Tuesday to avoid rail strikes crippling the network today.

But a snake of people was seen slithering around the International Convention Center early this morning, with the Prime Minister due on stage at 11am.

Members of the Conservative Party began lining up for Liz Truss’s leader’s speech hours in advance despite fears of empty seats after a brutal few weeks for the prime minister.

Many Tory MPs stayed away from the Birmingham rally and there were fears of low turnout as many delegates returned home on Tuesday to avoid rail strikes crippling the network today.

Many Tory MPs stayed away from the Birmingham rally and there were fears of low turnout as many delegates returned home on Tuesday to avoid rail strikes crippling the network today.

After a rally in Birmingham marred by divisions over tax rates and benefits, the Prime Minister will plead for his troops to support his vision of a ‘new Britain for a new era’.

A snake of people was seen slithering around the International Convention Center early this morning, with the Prime Minister due on stage at 11am.

A snake of people was seen slithering around the International Convention Center early this morning, with the Prime Minister due on stage at 11am.

After a rally in Birmingham marred by divisions over tax rates and benefits, the Prime Minister will plead for his troops to support his vision of a ‘new Britain for a new era’.

She will insist they ignore the noise of those who disagree with her policies, saying ‘every time there is a change, there is a disruption’.

“Not everyone will be in favor,” she will say. “But everyone will benefit from the outcome – a growing economy and a brighter future.”

However, the message comes against the backdrop of one of the most chaotic Conservative conferences in memory, where the Cabinet’s collective accountability has almost completely crumbled. The mood was clouded by a series of polls showing Labor are on course for a landslide victory in an election.

Ms Truss and her chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng vigorously defended scrapping the top 45p tax rate on Sunday, despite the mini budget sparking chaos in the markets.

But within 24 hours they had been forced to turn around and abandon the idea, following a revolt led by Michael Gove.

Then there was a collapse of the plan to impose a cut in real terms on benefits, with House of Commons leader Penny Mordaunt openly declaring that she wanted grants to be increased in line with inflation.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman hit back at Mr Gove for attempting a ‘coup’ and brushed off that she was ‘disappointed’ that Ms Truss had abandoned plans to scrap the 45p rate.

Ms Braverman also said at a side event last night that she wanted to pull Britain out of the European Convention on Human Rights – prompting criticism from No 10 pointing out it was not not government policy.

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