Thanks for last night's drinks party and for the great crowd you gathered together. As I was leaving I got caught up in the CS gas incident. I couldn't quite identify the individual being pinned down by three policeman but did see at least ten police officers running down the corridor to the scene. Something of an over-reaction? A party to remember anyway!
But that's not the reason I'm writing to you.
We polled Tory members in our regular survey yesterday and 1,215 people have already voted. Although the survey is still open, one result is so overwhelming I thought I'd share it with you now.
89% of those polled had watched Dan Hannan MEP's great speech attacking Gordon Brown's record. 87% agreed that Dan should get "a prime speaking slot at this autumn's Conservative Party Conference".
Members don't get much involvement in Party Conferences anymore and so close to a watershed General Election - as the next will be - the need for stage management is understandable but it would be a real treat for the grassroots to hear Dan speak from the main platform this year. A barnstorming attack on Mr Brown from Dan - clearly a very gifted speaker - could be a great booster for the whole conference.
Could you and the Party Board make this happen?
Best wishes, Tim
The survey is still open on the Dan Hannan and other questions for those yet to have their say.