It was great to see so many Conservative councillors in Manchester for our party conference in October.
The lack of progress on sharing power to a local level has led most councillors to think that this government has forgotten what ‘devolution’ means.
A 93-year-old pensioner got dragged out in the pouring rain to deliver a speech she didn’t write, with policies that won’t be delivered, from a government without the numbers to govern, pushing an agenda that is ill-thought out and badly conceived.
Much like September’s Spending Round, this pre-election Queen’s Speech promised much, but with little certainty of the current government actually having to deliver it.
It is difficult to overstate the turbulent state of politics as we head into party conference season.
The £3.5 billion in funding for local services announced in the Spending Round in September was warmly welcomed by Conservative councillors across the country.
Brexit, no deal, delays on exiting, extensions, and General Elections will be old news by the time this is printed.