Britain's leader wants her party to focus on ordinary voters' aspirations at its annual conference - but her ambitious foreign secretary’s moves on Brexit threaten to push her off course. The FT's Robert Wright reports.
Presented by Robert Wright. Filmed by Charlie Bibby. Edited by Paolo Pascual. Additional footage from Reuters.
The Prime Minister Theresa May has come to the Conservative Party Conference here in Manchester with one goal in mind. After a disastrous general election in June, she wants to move the national conversation on. She knows that voters care relatively little about the minutiae of how Brexit is achieved and, instead, are much more worried about "bread and butter" concerns. Consequently, she's come to conference prepared with a series of announcements about things like student loan repayments and help for people to buy homes.
The problem with this strategy can be summed up in two words-- Boris Johnson. The Foreign Secretary, on Friday, gave an interview in which he laid out views about Brexit that are unmistakably harder line than that agreed by the government. It looks to a lot of people like an effort to unseat the Prime Minister.
The question for the rest of the week is whether the Prime Minister can force Mr. Johnson into a climb-down. After all, he pulled out of last year's Conservative Party leadership election The alternative may be that Mrs. May's authority gradually ebbs away. If that happens, this could be one of the most eventful political party conferences in many years. Robert Wright, Financial Times, Manchester.