We've just reached the end of this year's Labour party conference, and I'm setting off for home. It's been a packed out few days, with lots of exciting announcements of new policies that Labour will introduce in government.
Promises to introduce a national education service and create new regional investment banks as the building blocks for a prosperous future. Promises of investment in our public services, and fair pay for public sector workers like police officers, firefighters and NHS staff. A commitment to decent housing for everyone - a particularly poignant promise as we remember the victims of the terrible fire in Grenfell Tower. Promises to end exploitative credit card interest costs, and to return essential services to public control.
Jeremy Corbyn in his closing speech to conference also talked about our global commitments and responsibilities. I was very pleased to hear him call on Aung San Suu Kyi to end the terrible violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Burma. And he was absolutely right to call for redoubled efforts for a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel, and to condemn the divisive and disgraceful rhetoric of Donald Trump at the United Nations last week.
Of course there has been a lot of debate about Brexit, with queues round the block to hear Keir Starmer speaking on Sunday afternoon. But I have to admit that I've been spending conference attending a host of meetings and discussions on the so-called fringe rather than at the formal debates. There's so much energy and imagination on the fringe, though now I'm totally exhausted, having attended a breakfast, a dinner, two roundtables, held ten meetings with businesses and charities, spoken at eight events and chaired a further two, and attended the women's conference on Saturday afternoon. Big thanks to Joe from my Westminster office, who made sure I was always in the right place, even if often late!