Rishi Sunak received a standing ovation at his first in-person conference speech despite refusing to rule out further tax rises reports Bill Bowkett from the Conservative Party conference in Manchester. In a rousing speech, the Chancellor told a crammed conference hall that the party remains committed to fiscal responsibility and that “unfunded promises, reckless borrowing and soaring debt” were “un-Conservative”. However, he said the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis “comes with a cost” as he outlined his plan to put Britain “back on a sustainable footing”.