Conservatives from the south and south east are heading for Birmingham determined that their party's fight back starts now. They trail badly in the polls. The economic news continues to be grim. And the Government continues to look accident-prone. Andrew Mitchell won't be at the conference.
Surrey South West MP Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary will be. Was it really wise to open up a debate about abortion, on the eve of a conference? There will be 'good news' stories this week. David Cameron announced extra NHS money yesterday when he visited the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.
The economic situation isn't improving. But many Tories are alarmed that the Government's Plan A isn't producing the growth the country needs. Should there be a Plan B? A tough week ahead. Mr Cameron has shown in the past he can be at his beat when his back is against the wall.