Plus: Could the Brexit Party get a free run from the Conservatives in 50 seats? Welcome, Chris Mason. And: my weekend.
Iain Dale: Were it not for the fringe at each year’s Conservative conference, what would be the point of coming?
Plus: How should you respond when someone comes up and tells you that they love what you do?
Plus: The far left really has captured Labour’s conference; too many Conservatives misunderstand the Supreme Court; and my conference agenda.
Plus: Why won’t Corbyn come on LBC and give an interview? He hasn’t done once since becoming Labour leader.
Plus: Will the 21 rebels get the whip back? And: The Tories need younger members, and so does everyone else.
Iain Dale: Bracknell, Broadland, Tunbridge Wells, Conservative candidacies and my future. A statement.
Plus: my profound sense of unease at the withdrawal of the whip from 21 Conservative MPs.
Iain Dale: Were the Prime Minister to pull the plug on HS2, would he call time on Heathrow expansion too?
Plus: I* which I ru* i*to a few a**oyi*g problems fili*g this colum* from my *orfolk retreat.
Iain Dale: Don’t mention the war, please. Why Johnson was wrong to suggest Hammond and company are collaborators.
Plus: I’ve never thought a national unity government is a runner, and I think it’s even less likely now.
Plus: My Edinburgh fringe experience. Sturgeon, warm and entertaining. McDonnell, rather less so. And: farewell then, Sky News.
Plus: There are some promotions which are inexplicable, too; and how fast can Jo Swinson get from Brecon to Edinburgh?
Iain Dale: This Cabinet is the most right-of-centre in modern times. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Plus: should Patel have come? Should Mordaunt have gone? And: my predictions. What I got right and wrong.
Iain Dale: If the front-runner doesn’t win big in this leadership contest, his room for manoeuvre will be further restricted.
Plus: A packed London hustings and impressive Conservative members. And: Johnson’s reshuffle – what happens to Hunt?
Iain Dale: It’s shocking to see some Conservative MPs doing the Left’s work by slagging off the front-runner.
The Left, parts of the media and the EU will seek to get him out. The Right must unite, rally round him – and circle the wagons.
Plus: Johnson, not a populist. Hunt’s beside manner. Lewis and his highly professional CCHQ team. And: the courage of 16 year old Ajay.
Iain Dale: If you’re coming to a hustings I’m chairing, draft an original question – and I’ll try to call you.
Plus: How I was booed in Birmingham. On to Nottingham…via Exeter. And: who would I vote for, if I had a vote?