The Prime Minister, David Cameron, arrived at a community centre near Alfreton in Derbyshire to address the gathering of Conservative party activists.
22 Midlands councils are holding elections on May the 3rd.
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More than 1,000 police are on standby as major events, including the FA Cup Final, draw thousands over the weekend.
Further sunny and warm weather will follow by late afternoon.