“I want to update you on a couple of things: what’s happening with the party and the direction of the broader economic debate.
First, the party. Nearly four months ago I went on the TV and said I wanted to throw open the doors of our party so that new candidates would come forward.
I said that if you believe in public service, if you want to help us clean up politics, if you share our values, then you should come and be a Conservative candidate.
The response has been overwhelming.
The sheer volume of interest meant extra staff had to be drafted in to process the applications.