Yesterday I spent an hour with the recently-appointed party chairman, Eric Pickles, and at some point in the next few days I will be publishing the highlights of our conversation, during which he talks about how he is settling in to his new role and what he hopes to achieve as chairman.
But first of all, I bring you the news that he is off to Majorca tomorrow - and not to try and find some winter sun; he is spearheading a new Conservative Party effort to ensure that eligible Britons abroad don't lose their right to vote in UK elections (and, dare I say, that they use that vote in favour of the Conservatives).
"There are something like two and a half million British citizens overseas who are eligible to vote in British elections, but only about 14,000 are registered to do so. My trip to Majorca, where I'll be speaking at a rally, is the start of a prolonged registration campaign. It's not just a dash for the elections in June, we're looking towards the General Election."
There will be some visits by him and senior party spokesmen to some of the locations where there are large numbers of Britons - he mentioned various European countries, America and the Gulf States - although the campaign has a website too, which is to be found at DontLeaveYourVoteAtHome.com.
"The great thing about the web is that we can talk to our friends in New York and elsewhere without the benefit of a Pickles visit. So we'll be using the site to get people to register and encourage their friends to do so too, to make sure they don't lose their say in the most important elections which are coming up."
The website includes a factsheet explaining precisely who is eligible to register to vote and a downloadable form for people to print, fill in and send back to the relevant electoral registration office.
When Mr Pickles's visit to Majorca was announced locally, it was front page news in the main English language newspaper on the island. He feels this reflects the importance of the registration campaign, which is to be far more concerted than previous efforts along similar lines.
"I think this is a major, important thing for us to do. Traditionally, we've looked at the ex-pats, people who go abroad to retire. We'll still be doing that, of course, but we're also looking at young professionals doing a period in Dubai, folks working out in America and the like. I'm pretty determined about this - this is the start of getting serious numbers of people registered."