Against a turbulent backdrop of fuel shortages, supply chain problems and rising inflation, Tories headed to Manchester for their first party conference in two years. Despite the raft of problems impacting the Government, the overall mood was relatively upbeat and Boris Johnson’s barnstorming speech on Wednesday sent the party-faithful home happy. In trademark fashion, it was optimistic, ambitious and talked about a vision of everyone sharing in prosperity. Johnson’s optimism was enough to get him through this conference, there is no shortage of challenges that lie on the road ahead. Whether it’s the impact of the welfare cuts, the threat of empty supermarket shelves, fuel shortages, trade wars with the EU, or manifesto-breaking tax rises, the PM will need more than colourful metaphors and upbeat language to navigate his way through the coming months.
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