Controversial education secretary Michael Gove will inspire the Tory faithful at a conference in Ellesmere Port this weekend featuring some of the region’s MPs.
Mr Gove will be attending the £45-a-head members-only Conservative Cheshire and Wirral Area Conference 2014 at the Holiday Inn on Friday evening (January 31) and Saturday daytime (February 1).
The education secretary is never far from the headlines. He recently claimed “left-wing academics” were using Blackadder “to feed myths” about World War One, sparking a row with Labour supporting Sir Tony Robinson who played Baldrick in the BBC comedy.
On the Friday evening Mr Gove will give a speech to delegates over dinner and the following day he will address conference after a welcome greeting by conference president Sir Robert Atkins MEP.
MEPs’ question time will feature Sir Robert, Sajjad Karim MEP and Jacqueline Foster MEP.
And MPs’ question time will involve local MPs, including city member Stephen Mosley and Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans.
Mr Mosley posted on Facebook: “#CW14 is selling out fast. One of the biggest, if the not the biggest, regional or area conferences in Britain.”
Highlights include debates on fracking with David Mowat MP and welfare reform led by employment minister and Wirral West MP Esther McVey.
Following Saturday’s political activities there will be an after-conference party.
Last year the inaugural conference was held at Christleton attended by more than 200 delegates with Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, as guest speaker.
The event is not open to the general public.