This weekend I attended a conference for Conservative Councillors. We heard from housing ministers and others on a wide range of issues that affect local government. It was a good learning and networking opportunity, paid for by myself entirely with no taxpayer funding whatsoever.
Across the country, at local authorities all over, the message from the Conservatives is clear. We deliver better services and we do it for less than Labour-run councils.
This point was underlined by the Prime Minister herself who turned up as a surprise special guest at the end of the proceedings. She was in spectacular form and covered everything from Brexit to bins, including answering questions from Councillors.
Questions varied, and obviously Brexit came up often but so did topics like how to encourage more people from BAME backgrounds into politics.
Redditch came up as a gold example of Conservative success at local elections. It was nice to be noticed by the top brass.
The conference was interrupted by my need to attend the Annual General Meeting of the local Redditch County Conservative Association where I was duly elected as the Deputy Chairman with responsibilities for Political Activities, Campaigning and Membership.