Party conference marks the start of the new political year, and with the Conservative Party still firmly entrenched as the largest party in local government after the local elections, I look forward to our voice being heard loud and clear in Birmingham.
We all know that local government is the most effcient and trusted part of the public sector, and that Conservative councils consistently deliver excellent services in challenging financial circumstances.
Party conference provides us with a unique opportunity to lobby Cabinet members, MPs and key advisers with our messages around funding, and for us to be allowed more freedom so that we can continue to deliver for our residents.
The LGA will host two events: our conference debate, ‘Investing in our future: why the spending review must provide for communities’ (ICC, Hall 9, 3.45 pm to 5.00 pm on Monday 1 October); and our evening reception ( ICC, Media Suite, 9.30 pm to 11.00 pm on Tuesday 2 October).
I am delighted that Communities Secretary James Brokenshire MP has indicated that he will be present at both.
In addition to these events, LGA Conservative Group colleagues will be speaking at a range of fringe meetings during the conference week. Further details on these will be provided in our monthly email bulletin at the end of September.
I look forward to meeting many of you in Birmingham.