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From left: Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove take part in a panel on delivering Brexit yesterday

From left: Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove take part in a panel on delivering Brexit yesterday

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Protesters in Manchester

Protesters in Manchester

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An inflatable effigy of Boris Johnson

An inflatable effigy of Boris Johnson

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From left: Brexit Minister Stephen Barclay, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove take part in a panel on delivering Brexit yesterday

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Manchester as the Conservative conference got under way yesterday.

A giant Boris Johnson blimp was inflated at Castlefield Bowl ahead of a Reject Brexit: Defend Our Democracy event.

The six-metre tall inflatable depicted the Prime Minister dressed in blue shorts with red hearts and the word 'Nigel' on, and a T-shirt showing a £350m bus.

Demonstrators gathered on Oxford Road at around noon for a Shut Down the Tories event before marching through heavy downpours to Deansgate for a rally.

Inside the conference, Jacob Rees-Mogg was highlighting the importance of the DUP's support to any new deal.

The Commons Leader was taking part in a panel with Michael Gove, the Cabinet minister in charge of Brexit preparations, and Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: "I think if the DUP is happy with the deal, there'll be very few Conservatives - including those who are without the whip - who are then against a deal, and at that point there are a number of people in other parties who think: 'Yes, we must now just finish this'."

Belfast Telegraph