It seems I was far from alone in noting the number of empty seats at Conservative Party Conference. Sky News reports:
...when the PM and Philip left the hall after Digby Jones' speech, so did many of the audience, leaving it barely half full for the speeches of Liam Fox and Penny Mordaunt.
Day two was much worse. And the empty seats reached a nadir for the late-afternoon speech of the new Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright.
Now admittedly it was the graveyard slot at the end of the day, but there were fewer than 200 in the 2,262-seat Symphony Hall in Birmingham's International Convention Centre.
Earlier, during Philip Hammond's big speech on the economy just before lunch, there were also big gaps of empty seats in the hall.
One conference attendee posted a picture of Jacob Rees-Mogg's "fringe meeting"told me on Facebook that:
Photo: Alex Farquharson
From the short excerpt shown on the news the meetings where he spoke were indeed packed, but most of that is not broadcast and it shows a quite different way of indirectly influencing events even if his message can be at time a bit "19th Century". I also thought consciously or not his comment that Boris Johnson was "only interested in the Brexit question and was not part of his personal agenda was way off the mark.
Sky News showed Boris has arriving in Birmingham today and he is due yo speak in due course. I am sure the hall will fill up for his contribution.
Meanwhile the Labour Party has dropped that complaint about the press coverage of Corbyn's visit to Tunisia:
Is it because it's all true?