My colleague David Lee has written already about Conservative Party conference #CPC16 in Birmingham and what we learned about developing rural policy in the post Brexit world.
Scanning the huge number of fringe events taking place at conference gives a big clue about what the key public policies issues are challenging politicians in the governing party and crying out for answers.
So what were the recurring themes amongst the fringe in Birmingham? No surprise Brexit was definitely number one. Northern Powerhouse figured highly, ...
Party conferences offer a good opportunity to hear at close hand what politicians are thinking - especially in the hundreds of varied Fringe events which take place away from the rather stage-managed agenda of the main hall.
That's why Public Affairs Co-Op travelled to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this week, working with our client Confor - the trade body for the forestry and timber sector.
Although politicians have very packed diaries at conference, there are regular chances to speak to them ...