Iain Dale presents the evening show on LBC Radio and is a commentator for CNN.

After the election, I was chatting to a friend and said one of the ways that the Conservatives could show their commitment to people in the north was to open some regional branches of CCHQ.

Maybe in Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Birmingham (OK, I know Birmingham is not in the north, but you get the point). But not for one minute did I think they’d be seriously thinking about moving the whole of CCHQ somewhere else.

And nor should they. Moving the entire organisation out of London is a preposterous idea. London is and will remain the centre of our politics and our government, so it makes eminent sense for the HQs of all political parties to have their central offices there.

To locate them anywhere else would be seen as virtue signalling and gratuitous. To open regional offices with half or dozen or so employees would surely be the more sensible option. This is the equivalent of the BBC deciding to locate Radio 5 Live and BBC Breakfast in Salford – for no other reason that it shut people up who alleged they had a southern bias.

5 Live has become a shadow of its former self since it moved to Salford and BBC Breakfast finds it difficult to attract live guests to Salford – and even if it does, it costs an arm and a leg to get them there by train and then provide a hotel for them.

I hope the Conservative Party consigns this proposal to the dustbin it belongs in, and instead comes up with a revised proposal, which would enable regional offices to manage constituency agents and campaign managers and also have a research facility which can feed regional policy ideas into the centre. It doesn’t really need to be more complicated than that.

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Carrying on the theme of a new era for the Conservative Party and the country, it is surely time for the party to revamp the tree logo.

Well, when I say revamp, I mean replace. I don’t think it’s a logo the party has ever taken to its heart, unlike its Torch predecessor.

The tree has always been seen as a sop to David Cameron’s green agenda, although of late it’s taken on a Union Flag tinge. Maybe ConHome should challenge its readers to come up with a new design?

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I have written before in this column about the iniquitous Loan Charge scheme, in which HMRC chase independent contractors for 20 years’ back tax.

Jesse Norman has announced measures to combat some of the worst effects of the scheme, but they don’t go nearly far enough. A Parliamentary campaign is continuing to put pressure on him to go further, and I hope that it is successful.

But there’s another problem of a similar nature on the horizon. In April, the Government is introducing changes to the IR35 legislation, forcing self-employed people to be taxed in exactly the same way as employed people.

This is utterly ridiculous, given that self-employed people don’t get the same benefits as employed people – such as holiday pay, entitlement, sick pay, maternity pay etc.

There are legions of examples of people who will be forced out of business by this ridiculous change, which is driven by people who have no understanding of the enterprise economy.

For a Conservative government to impose these measures really is the last straw for many people. It’s supposed to understand the needs and aspirations of the self-employed and those who run small businesses. I do hope that Sajid Javid will think again, and in his March Budget announce a rollback of these measures.

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Watching the Labour Party leadership contest is a bit like having a premonition of an imminent car crash but being powerless to stop it.

I shall be careful what I say, gsince I hope to be interviewing all the contenders on my radio show over the next few weeks, but so far can anyone really say that any of them have shown any real comprehension of why the Labour Party has landed up in the situation it finds itself in?

It’s as if they are playing the role of an ostrich in a Christmas pantomime. Some of them think it was all about Brexit – yet they have failed to articulate any policy that is different to the one Labour fought the last election on.

There is no understanding of why so many former Labour voters switched to the Tories. Four of the five are almost certain to want to change the party’s policy to one of Remain, but they don’t understand that this ship has now sailed.

Once we’ve left in just two weeks’ time, that’s it. There’s no going back – not for a generation at least. If they really want to fight the next election on a Rejoin platform, well, I wish them the best of luck, because boy will they need it.

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So where will you be and what will you be doing to mark our departure from the European Union at 11pm on Friday 31 January?

I fail to give a monkey’s wotsit about whether Big Ben will be donging or bonging at 11pm, but I quite agree that those who voted Leave are perfectly entitled to a celebration. For many, it’s the culmination of a lifetime’s work.

As you know, I voted Leave and am just pleased and relieved that the people’s choice in the referendum will now finally be carried out.

Will I be celebrating? It will be a bit difficult, given that I will be driving up the M5, where I will have been compering an evening with Jonathan Dimbleby at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter. If you live in the South West and would like to join us, you can book tickets here.