MY WEEK IN WESTMINSTER

HISTORY is often made at party conferences.

From young William Hague’s immortal: “some of you won’t be around in 30 or 40 years,” quip just up the road in Blackpool to the naming of Ed Milliband as Labour leader last week – the party conferences often push personalities to the fore.

And this week too our leader David Cameron will, I am sure, again distinguish himself on one of the biggest stages of all.

But as I write to you from Birmingham’s ICC, at my first party conference as a Member of Parliament, I won’t be jumping too far into the limelight.

Yes I’ve done the odd interview and nipped in to the odd lunch.

But what I want to convey to you today – and what few people realise – is that a lot hard work is being done behind the scenes.

This is no jolly – a week of wine, whining and waffling.

No, this is very much what it says on the billboards – a conference – and the talks, discussions and delegations will be the focus for most back benchers like myself.

You wouldn’t want to begin to try to make sense of my diary.

Almost every hour I am double, triple or quadruple booked with my secretary doing her best to squeeze in every appointment.

I have almost 100 meetings in there and there’s been hundreds more which I have had to turn down.

My focus, however, will as always be on my number one goal – attempting to secure jobs and economic prosperity for Fylde.

With that in mind I have appointments scheduled with BAE Systems, nuclear industry specialists to talk about Springfields Nuclear Fuels, Hewlett Packard who are bringing more than 200 jobs back to Fylde and Balfour Beatty, owners of Blackpool Airport.

At every meeting, be assured, I will be pressing the case for Fylde’s workforce.

There are other things going on – too many to mention –party meetings, policy exchange seminars, and of course I’ll catch up with old friends, even a few from Fylde.

But the real business is just beginning.

Of course this is a historic conference for the Conservatives. We’re now in Government for the first time in years and facing some incredibly difficult economic challenges – Labour’s legacy.

So while the place is abuzz with activity this is no celebration party following the election.

We go into Conference and the next few months with a sense of duty to right some of those financial wrongs and try to address the deficit.

Like me turning down invitations – it won’t make us popular.

It will, we hope, get the nation’s finances back on track.

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