As is traditional, our final Party members’ survey of the year includes the ConservativeHome Awards, recognising the greats, the gaffes, the hopes and the nopes of 2018.
Our first award is for Conservative Speech of the Year. The nominees were:
Geoffrey Cox at the Conservative Party Conference – “Methinks I see in my mind a noble and puissant nation rousing herself like a strong man after sleep, and shaking her invincible locks”
Jeremy Hunt at the Conservative Party Conference – “Never mistake British politeness for British weakness.”
Theresa May at the Conservative Party Conference – “When we come together there is no limit to what we can achieve.”
Liz Truss at the LSE – “Airbnb-ing, Deliveroo-eating, Uber-riding freedom fighters”
Despite being up against the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the Queen of Public Speaking Gifs herself, this year’s winner received a crushing 63.1 per cent of the vote.
Step forward and shake your invincible locks, Geoffrey Cox QC MP.
It isn’t altogether a surprise. Not only did he receive rapturous applause in the hall as he delivered his 12-minute speech, but the Attorney General instantly trended on Twitter, being dubbed (among other accolades) the Tory Mufasa.
Here are the results in full:
And here, just one more time, is the winning speech itself: