Theresa May won a skirmish in her running battle with Boris Johnson today - as activists queued round the block for her speech to conference.
Hours before the PM was due to take to the stage, hundreds of Tories were waiting in line to get into the conference hall.
The queues were bigger than those for Mr Johnson, who was very much the hottest ticket at the Birmingham gathering yesterday.
The two politicians are vying for the affections of the party faithful amid increasingly bitter clashes over Brexit.
Hours before the PM is due to take to the stage, hundreds of Tories were waiting in line to get into the conference hall
Theresa May is due to deliver her speech to the Tory faithful at the conference at lunchtime
Queues were already snaking around the conference centre hours before the PM is due to take to the stage today
There were also large numbers of activists waiting outside the conference centre today
At a packed fringe event yesterday, Mr Johnson told around 1,500 activists that the PM's Chequers plan is an 'outrage' and demanded that she shows 'belief' in Britain.
He called for the government to drop the blueprint - which would keep the UK effectively in the single market for