FirstTory U-turn,its champers allround THE Tories appear to have made their first major policy change before the election. Chairman Ed Pickles banned visitors from drinking champagne at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. But MPs Alan Duncan and David Willetts were seen flouting the rule immediately, and no one seems to have told these fun-lovers either. They were spotted quaffing champers at the Midland Hotel at 2am today. Even party leader David Cameron was spotted with a glass of bubbly at a party held by The Spectator at the Radisson Edwardian hotel. London Lite Tuesday, 6 October 2009 5 THEY BANNED IT BUT NOW EVERYONES QUAFFING BUBBLY IN MANCHESTER 2 STANDARD TICKETS FOR 30QUOTE TCLL4 WHEN BOOKING.TICKETS ARE LIMITED* TO BOOK TICKETS VISIT TASTEOFCHRISTMAS.COM OR CALL THE HOTLINE ON 0871 230 7132 * Booking and transaction fees apply. Ticket price includes a show guide worth 10. Please collect at the end of the show. LONDON ExCeL DEC 04 06 EXPERIENCE THE FINEST FOOD, DRINK AND SHOPPING THIS CHRISTMAS Top chefs from the UKs finest restaurants will be serving their seasonal specials and cooking up some culinary magic before your very eyes. Restaurants appearing include: Almeida Baltic Benares Bentleys Oyster Bar and Grill Club Gascon Dolada Eastside Inn LAnima Modern Pantry Sauterelle St Pancras Grand Sumosan Tamarind Trishna. Special guest star appearance from HestonBlumenthal visitthewebsitefordetailsandupdatesonotherguestchefs THE Tories will include a pledge to scrap plans for a third runway at Heathrow in their election manifesto. Shadow transport minister Julian Brazier said: Building more runways at London airports is not the answer. We are firm on our opposition to expansion at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted. The pledge comes months after shadow international development minister Geoffrey Clifton-Brown hinted the policy was open to debate. ToriesTHE aincludewill topledge atrunwaythirdaforplansscrap BLUE BITS Runwayblocked BORIS JOHNSON has clashed with the BBCs Jeremy Paxman over the presenters reputed 1m salary. In an interview screened on last nights Newsnight, the Mayor hit out at the presenter over the failure of the BBC to come clean on the wages of its highest-paid talent. Mr Johnson said: You are paid ... elephantine sums by the taxpayer. Paxman replied: If only that were true. The Mayor later asked: Why dont you get a proper job? BORIS hasJOHNSON withclashed theoverPaxmanJeremyBBCsthe BorisonPaxo Cheers: Dave leads the revellers Bottoms up: Revellers quaff fizz at the Midland Hotel GEORGE OSBORNE announced an age of austerity if the Tories take power with a speech today ordering the nation to tighten its belt. In an address met with a standing ovation at the Conservative conference in Manchester, he promised to slash civil service pensions, hack back benefits to the middle classes and put a squeeze on the pay packets of millions. In remarkably frank and even brutal terms, the shadow chancellor said Britain was sinking in a sea of debt and could not carry on in the same way. Then he rattled out where the cuts should be made, claiming to have identified 23bn of savings that would be brought in dur- ing the next parliament. Top civil servants face a cap of 50,000 a year on their pension payouts, saving hundreds of mil- lions of pounds. Middle class families with household incomes of more than 50,000 would be stripped of tax credit hand- outs and baby bonds worth 250 brought in by Gordon Brown would be axed for all but the poorest households and disabled kids. Whitehall bureaucrats and quangos would be ordered to slash a third from their budgets, cutting spending by 3bn a year by the end of the parliament. All public sector workers except for the lowest paid million will get no pay rise in 2011, sav- ing 3.2bn a year -- but, according to Mr Osborne, it will also protect 100,000 from losing their jobs. The 50p top rate of tax of high earners, to be introduced by Labour from next April, will stay for as long as the public sector pay freeze lasts as a symbol of making the rich pay a fair share. Mr Osborne also confirmed plans trailed before his speech, including that the retirement age for men may be raised to 66 by 2016 and that incapacity benefit would be cut by 25 a week for claimants deemed by a doctor to capable of some form of work. It was the sort of doom-laden speech normally expected to be hushed out of sight before a general election -- but Mr Osborne tried to make a virtue out of delivering bad news with honesty. He said: Conservatives have been straight with you today. These are the honest choices in the world in which we live. Anyone who tells you these choices can be avoided is not telling you the truth. Tighten your belts: Osbornes warning BY MARK BLUNDEN Osborne the debt slasher tofreezepay Ageofausterityhitsmillions index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html