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Picture 1 Jonathan Isaby and I will both be at the party's Spring Forum in Cheltenham next weekend, 25th to 26th April.  We hope to see lots of ConHome readers there.

The theme of the weekend will be 'Routemap to Recovery'.  David Cameron and key colleagues will set out the Conservative plan to "tackle Labour's Debt Crisis", "rebalance our economy" and "reform welfare".

Over the weekend we'll learn who will succeed Don Porter as Chairman of the National Conservative Convention.

It's probably the thinnest programme I've ever seen at a Tory Conference.  There are only two half hour sessions on the Saturday for all registered attendees.  A thirty minute session at 1pm from Andrew Lansley on the NHS and straight afterwards a thirty minute session on education from Michael Gove.

On the Sunday there are three hours of proceedings with speeches from Eric Pickles (10 minutes), George Osborne, Dan Hannan (10 minutes), Ken Clarke and David Cameron (25 minutes).  Oliver Letwin and Theresa May will also chair panel sessions.

One very welcome development is the running of five practical workshops on the Sunday morning.  There'll be five workshops and attendees will be able to attend up to two:

  • Producing Better Campaigning Literature
  • Building A Successful Delivery Network
  • The Role of the Association Chairman
  • Managing Association Membership 
  • Setting Up Job Clubs

On the fringe there are two receptions on the Saturday: one hosted by the Freedom Association and Roger Helmer, another by CWF.  Boris Johnson (who is giving an exclusive one-on-one interview with ConHome next weekend) is the speaker at the Saturday evening dinner.  Clashing with the Party Workshops on the Sunday is a TRG champagne brunch with Ken Clarke.  Should I keep that a secret from Jonathan and go to that and insist he covers the workshop on 'The Role of the Association Chairman'?

Tim Montgomerie

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