Gordon Brown and the cabinet are coming to Liverpool next week
Gordon Brown and the cabinet are planning to make Liverpool one of their first ports of call in the New Year.
The historic meeting next week will be only the third time the cabinet has met outside London since 1921, when Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd George convened an emergency meeting at his holiday location in Wester Ross to discuss the Irish conflict.
Labour will be hoping that no former cabinet members put a dampener on the day.
On the morning of Gordon Brown's last visit to Liverpool, in September, former home secretary Charles Clarke attacked the Prime Minister on Radio 4's Today Programme.
He told the programme there were two possibilities for the Prime Minister in the coming months.
"The first is for the performance of the Government to improve significantly ... or the second is for Gordon Brown to stand down as Prime Minister with honour and have a proper leadership election to address the proper issues," he said.
"Both of those are perfectly reputable courses of action."
Helped in no small part by the economic crisis, Mr Brown's fortunes have changed significantly since then.
Those hoping that the Prime Minister could use the occasion to announce funding for Merseytram will be sadly disappointed.
I am told that as Merseytravel is yet to submit a fresh proposal to the Department for Transport, so a Government announcement on the ÃÂ£430m scheme is out of the question.
But could the Government use the visit to announce help for Jaguar Land Rover, which employs 2,000 people at its Halewood plant?