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Boris Johnson took to the stage in Manchester for his first party conference speech as prime minister shortly after his Brexit plan leaked to the press so that by the time he stood up it was already being met with scepticism in Brussels.

Anushka Asthana was in the conference hall with Conservative speechwriter Chris Wilkins to analyse a speech that brought cheer to his party. It was heavy on slogans and strong in its criticism of Jeremy Corbyn but was extremely light on new policy. After the speech came the full publication of his long-awaited Brexit plan, which sets up two weeks of negotiations before the next crucial EU summit. Johnson maintains that the only alternative to an acceptable Brexit deal is crashing out with no deal at all on 31 October.

Also today: media editor Jim Waterson on Prince Harry, privacy and the media.

Boris Johnson gives keynote speech at Party Conference<br>Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his keynote speech outlining his party policy on the last day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Wednesday, October 02, 2019. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPIm- PHOTOGRAPH BY UPI / Barcroft Media



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