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Day three of the Conservative party conference in Manchester.

Boris addresses Jamie Oliver's criticism of young Brits

London Mayor Boris Johnson highlighted celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's comments about the work ethic of British young people during his conference speech.

Mr Oliver praised European immigrants in August, saying they are much "tougher" workers than the "wet behind the ears" young Brits.

TV chef Jamie Oliver.
TV chef Jamie Oliver suggested young British workers were 'wet behind the ears'. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Mr Johnson asked delegates, "What if he has half a point? Or a quarter of a point?"

He said if that indeed was the case, "don't we need Iain Duncan Smith to get on reforming the welfare system and ensuring you're always better off in work than out of it?"

"And if it's to do with education ... then don't we need Michael Gove to get on with his heroic work of restoring rigour and realism to the classroom?"

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Boris: Charisma of London puts pressure on Londoners

Boris Johnson said the Conservatives have "to recognise that the sheer global charisma of London is putting pressure on Londoners."

London Mayor Boris Johnson addresses the Conservative Party conference.
London Mayor Boris Johnson addresses the Conservative Party conference. Credit: ITV News

Addressing delegates at the Conservative Party conference, the London Mayor highlighted that average house prices are now six times average earnings in the capital.

"The pressure is really growing and it's intensifying," he added.

PM and Boris 'discussed a possible return to Parliament'

Prime Minister David Cameron said he and Boris Johnson have discussed a possible return to Parliament for the London Mayor, but stressed a decision has yet to be taken.

Asked how likely a return was, Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4's Today programme, "That's up to Boris."

London Mayor Boris Johnson.
London Mayor Boris Johnson. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment/PA Wire

He continued: "I've had this conversation with Boris and my message to him is 'You're a brilliant Mayor of London, you've done a great job, you've got a lot more to give to public life, and it would be great to have you back in the House of Commons at some stage, contributing to public life'.

"But that's up to him, but I'll certainly be giving him a warm welcome."

Oh crumbs! Cameron fails on bread price test

David Cameron defended his ignorance of the price of budget supermarket bread by saying he prefers to bake his children healthy home-made granary loaves made with local flour.

The Prime Minister guessed that a "value sliced white loaf" would cost "well north of a pound" when he was quizzed about the cost of living on LBC 97.3 Radio.

Slices of granary bread.
David Cameron said he bakes home-made granary loaves for his children. Credit: J.M. Guyon/Candybox Images/Press Association Images

When presenter Nick Ferrari told him it actually cost around 47p, Mr Cameron revealed that he prefers to use an electric breadmaker.

Mr Cameron added, "I don't buy the ... look I'm trying to get my children to eat the sort of granary - and they take it actually, they like my home-made bread."

Authors condemn Gove's education reforms

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has joined leading academics and children's authors in condemning Education Secretary Michael Gove's policies as being harmful to children.

A total of 198 people, including Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman, said they are "gravely concerned" by new policies in state education and have called for the reforms, affecting the national curriculum and exams, to be halted.

Pupils sitting an exam in a school hall.
The group has called for reforms affecting the national curriculum and exams to be halted. Credit: Press Association

Their letter, published in The Times (£), comes as Mr Gove prepares to address the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

"These damaging developments must stop," they wrote. "If they go ahead there will be devastating consequences for children's mental health, for future opportunities and, most importantly, for the quality of childhood itself."

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Author: Cameron and Clegg 'much warier' of each other

Journalist Matthew d'Ancona, who wrote the book In It Together, told Daybreak "there is a much greater wariness" between David Cameron and Nick Clegg than when the Coalition began.

Mr d'Ancona said: "One has to acknowledge that, if you use the marriage metaphor, Cameron and Clegg are still together - they've stuck together for the kids if you like.

"It's impressive because there are tensions between them, they are much warier of each other, but they are still in the same political house."

PM: No deals and pacts ahead of 2015

The Prime Minister does not want to "see deals or pacts" ahead of the 2015 General Election and instead hopes a robust Conservative Party will be re-elected to Government.

Speaking to Daybreak, David Cameron wanted to see "a strong Conservative Government with a clear mandate":

The Conservative Party conference has been dogged by rumours of an alliance with Ukip in an attempt to boost their chances of winning seats.

While Mr Cameron did not openly support an agreement with Nigel Farage's party, he did encourage Ukip voters to back Conservative candidates in their area "because that is the only way you can be guaranteed an in-out referendum on Europe".

PM: It is politicians' actions not clothes that matter

David Cameron said what matters "is not what politicians are wearing, but the ideas in the head and the actions that they are taking."

Asked whether it was "insensitive" that Theresa May had worn sparkly shoes and a Vivienne Westwood suit said to be worth £1,200 for her party conference speech, Mr Cameron said she gave "a great speech yesterday."

Theresa May was wearing these bejeweled heeled shoes for her conference speech yesterday.
Theresa May was wearing these bejeweled heeled shoes for her conference speech yesterday. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Prime Minister continued: "This is a Home Secretary who has cut immigration, who has cut crime, who got Abu Qatada out of our country and back to Jordan.

"I think that's what matters most of all, not whether someone chooses to spend their money on shoes or a suit or what have you."

Cameron does not want 'deals or pacts' at election

Prime Minister David Cameron said he does not want to see "deals or pacts" at the next General Election.

When asked on Daybreak whether he would consider a deal with Ukip, Mr Cameron said: "I want to offer people at the next election a strong Conservative Government with a clear mandate to keep on growing our economy, paying down our deficit, delivering for hard-working people.

David Cameron said he did not want to see 'deals or pacts' ahead of the 2015 General Election.
David Cameron said he did not want to see 'deals or pacts' ahead of the 2015 General Election. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"Of course, if local Ukip supporters or candidates want to support the local Conservative candidate because that's the only way you can be guaranteed an in-out referendum in Europe ... then of course I'd welcome that."

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