Phew! It has been a very busy last 36 hours. I attended the final day of the Conservatives’ Spring Forum in Brighton yesterday and was in the Hall to watch and listen to David Cameron’s unscripted speech which was very impressive. Incidentally, it is noticeable how many front line politicians are now able (and willing) to make speeches without notes these days. We had a good run back up from the South coast without hitting any traffic jams.
Today, I have been over to Sheffield where among other things I visited my father and installed his wireless broadband connection. Back to Bury and then I attended the Annual General Meeting of Bury Conservatives which was held in Prestwich this year. Fortunately the meeting was not too protracted as I then had to attend a meeting of the Church Officers at St. Anne’s back in Tottington. Tomorrow I am back on the campaign trail with a day of leafletting and canvassing.
Sue and I attended the Conservatives Spring Forum at Cheltenham on Saturday. We heard speeches from Andrew Lansley and Michael Gove on the NHS and Education. I attended a briefing for Candidates on this years European elections.
On a personal note sadly my stepmother Carole passed away on Sunday morning after a long battle with cancer.
Also on Sunday morning I attended the Annual meeting of Parishioners at St. Anne’s Church in Tottington at which I was elected to serve as one of the two Churchwardens.
I am back from the Party’s Spring Conference in Gateshead, which for some reason which is probably lost in the midst of time is officially called the Spring Forum.
Both Sue and I really enjoyed it, we had a smooth run up and found our way to the hotel where we had booked in without any difficulty.
The Conference itself was held in the Sage Music Centre in Gateshead which geographically meant that it was on the other side of the River Tyne from where our hotel was on the Newcastle side.
There were sessions featuring all of the principal Shadow Cabinet Members and the Conference finished with a speech from David Cameron which struck exactly the right note. the main focus of the Conference was on the family and the support we will give to families when in Government. We are a Party who care about the family and see the family as the basic building block of society.
This morning Sue and I attended a coffee morning organised by the Ladies Committee of the Bury North Conservative Association. These small fund raising events are vital to keep the Association going. Many people think that the Conservative Party is funded by “big business” whilst that may have been true in some parts of the Country many years ago the reality in 2008 is that local Associations rely heavily on subscritions and donations from members and the results of fund raising events like the one that I was able to go along and support today.
We are off to Gateshead later to attend the Party’s Spring Conference and I will report back later.