I’m very glad I went up to Manchester, even if it did involve me spending far too much time in my car. Firstly the mood up there is fantastic – no doubt due to the fact that the party is doing well in the polls but more importantly there is a genuine feeling that we are on the right track, addressing the issues people want to hear about and offering some genuine answers to the country’s problems.
Secondly the place is absolutely heaving – not just with the usual party hacks but there are thousands of lobbyists, journalists and businessmen wanting to find out what a new Conservative government would do. I remember only 5 years ago the hall would be half empty, there were hardly any exhibitors and the mainly elderly activists wore glum expressions. Not any more. David Cameron has turned the party round, has given us purpose and direction and a belief in ourselves. Vitally though we are a young party again – there were lots of twentysomethings there having a great time. Now I am looking forward to hearing what Cameron has to say tomorrow – 2pm if you have the chance to watch him.