I have been at the North West Conservatives Conference – entitled the Blue Skies Conference – today at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton. The opening speaker was the Party Chairman Francis Maude MP. Next on was Councillor Susan Williams, the Leader of Trafford Council, then it was my turn to address the Conference. I had not been given any subject so I said a few words about Bury and I then took part in a question and answer session with Susan and the Shadow Chancellor George Osborne MP who was the main speaker and he wound up that debate. It was the first time North West Conservatives have held such a Conference since the Party was reorganised a few years ago and all in all it was very successful. The former MP for Bury North Alastair Burt who is now the Member of Parliament for Bedfordshire addressed the Conference in the afternnon and I had the opportunity to meet up with him again. It so happens that the Reebok is close by a target Ward in Bolton so as often happens on the way out Susan [my wife Susan not Susan Williams referred to earlier] and I were given a couple of hundred leaflets to go and deliver. As it was raining hard and already the light was starting to fade we decided that we will go back over to Bolton after Church tomorrow to deliver our leaflets.