Running a conference at a new venue is always a risk. But Manchester has proved an inspired choice for the Conservative Spring Forum. The venue is excellent, commfortable and even has spotlessly clean loos - unlike the disgustingly filthy toilets at Bournemouth's BIC or the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The staff here couldn't be more helpful and friendly. The hotels are also reasonably priced and clustered around the conference centre. My only previous trip to the city was to see West Ham beat Man U 1-0 at Old Trafford and I thought no return trip could live up to that, so until now I haven't been back. So well done to those at CCO who had the balls to take a flyer on Manchester - it's paid off. A tip for next year - try Cardiff!