By Tim Montgomerie
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Boris Johnson will be the headline star of ConservativeHome's biggest ever Party Conference programme this year. We'll publish full details of that programme tomorrow but other speakers include Nicola Blackwood, Graham Brady, Janet Daley, David Davis, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Fallon, Michael Gove, William Hague, Robert Halfon, Richard Harrington, Sajid Javid, Patrick McLoughlin, Andrew Mitchell, Jesse Norman, John Redwood, Grant Shapps and Kay Swinburne.
Boris speaks at 6pm INSIDE THE SECURE ZONE on Monday evening. It will be the third year in a row that the Mayor of London will have been the guest of honour at ConHome's Conference rally. If you are going to Birmingham please ink the time in your diary. We are planning a big celebration of Boris' re-election and of an "Olympotastic" year.
The Mayor gives an interview in today's Mail on Sunday in which he calls for tougher union laws. The graphic below from the newspaper reveals his eight point plan to bring public sector unions, in particular, under control:
A YouGov poll for the Sunday Times (PDF) finds strong support for point one in that manifesto. 63% agree that "unions should require the support of 50% of all eligible members to take strike action".
By 55% to 26% people agree that "the leaders of Britain's Trade Unions are out of touch with ordinary people". By 59% to 27% YouGov finds opposition to a general strike. By 49% to 37% people "oppose public sector workers striking over cuts and changes to public sector pensions".
> Nadine Dorries MP on the Columnists' page today: Stop laughing. Boris is a real candidate for Tory leader.