NO-NONSENSE Tory minister Eric Pickles will be addressing a Conservative conference in Chester this weekend.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government will be attending Cheshire and Wirral Area conference 2013 at the Mercure Hotel Chester East (formerly Ramada Jarvis Hotel), Christleton, on February 1 and 2.
The £47-a-head event is being promoted under the slogan ‘The Rt Honourable Eric Pickles MP will be telling his chums just how it is’.
On the Friday evening Mr Pickles will join delegates for dinner and the following day he will talk to local councillors during a closed session chaired by Cheshire West and Chester Council leader Mike Jones before opening the conference to all delegates.
More than 100 Conservatives have so far booked to take part in the day-time activities and 50 will be attending the after-conference party.
Area chairman Donald Potter said: “This is a brand new event and one I hope will be a great success and regular feature in Cheshire and Wirral’s calendar.
“With so much going in our town halls, Westminster and Brussels it will provide an excellent opportunity to reflect and understand what we are doing and why.”
Highlights include debates on Localism, The Road to 2015 and the economy.
Question time will feature local MPs, including city member Stephen Mosley and Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans.
There will be a session led by the Conservatives’ new Cheshire police and crime commissioner John Dwyer.
Conference dinner costs £29, a day pass is £10 and those joining the evening party must pay another £10, with a £2 discount if purchasing all three. Send a cheque (made payable to Cheshire & Wirral Conservatives) to: #CW13, c/o Chester Conservatives, Unionist Buildings, Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NX.