End of Day 2

I went to the following fringe meetings earlier today:

1) Local Government Information Unit.
Representation and Participation: Is our democracy in balance?
Speakers included: Eric Pickles MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government;

2) Urban Hub
Cities Question Time: Debating the future for Britain’s cities
Speakers included: Eric Pickles MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government;
Mike Whitby, Leader – Birmingham City Council;
Jesse Norman, Author ‘Compassionate Conservatism’ and PPC

3) Conservative Transport Group – The Robert Kinghorn Memorial Lecture

4) ModernGov Presents “American Election Update”

Probably the best set of fringe meetings during one Conference Day of any of the Conferences that I have been to.   I got the chance to ask questions in three of the above.  At number 2, I raised a concern about the growth of HMOs in Urban Areas.  At number 4, there were representatives from both the Democrat and Republican Parties.  Both were excellent.  The Republican is McCain’s Campaign Manager in New York State.

Back in Hotel at 11pm, which for most people at a Party Conference is an early night!

Good Night!

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