Went with my mate who was a conference newbie. He did a somewhat inadvisable interview with Owen Jones after a rather boozy lunch. He was also propositioned and felt up by a Minister who asked if he’d ever been rimmed - it seems there are still plenty of “Pincher by name” types in government. Anyway he had a great time and is hooked now – says he’ll come every year.
I had nice chats with Dehenna Davison, Georgia Toffolo and Emily Hewertson (all of whom were trying to convince me I should go back and do series 3 of MAFS next year). Enjoyed some funny conversations with Toby Young and Liam Halligan. Accidentally embarrassed myself by mistaking a government minister for a presenter on GB news. Thought the most impressive politicians I saw speak were Braverman and Cleverly. The protestors were generally good humoured rather than nasty - one of them handed me a “one way ticket to Rwanda”. Eligible single women were very few and far between but I did get a number of one absolute smoke show who works for CCHQ in candidate selection and training, so will see if anything comes of that.