By Tim Montgomerie
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I'm not sure if it's a sign of the difficult financial position facing the party or a sign of financial responsibility but the Special Advisers to Tory ministers are furious that they are being asked to share hotel rooms at this year's Birmingham party conference. Some have threatened not to attend if they don't get a room of their own.

Last year ConHome noted the huge cost of attending party conference since the move from seaside resorts to major cities. It appears that the party is now feeling the pinch too.