Signs of renewed confidence from the Conservative Party in Liverpool
Last night the City of Liverpool Conservatives held a dinner at the Hilton hotel.
So far so normal you're thinking. Not quite. It's worth pointing out that 150 people turned up. A few years ago it would have been unthinkable for the Tories to organise such a gathering.
Even taking into account that we are just weeks away from the General Election and the dinner was held to raise funds to fight seats across Merseyside, it is still a sign of renewed confidence from the party that has spent so long in the wilderness in Liverpool.
The message from chairman Tony Caldeira was that the Conservatives are back in town - they're even taken an office in Liverpool One.
Cushion entrepreneur Mr Caldeira, and shadow home secretary (who is also shadow minister for Merseyside) Chris Grayling have been working to rebuild the party's presence in Liverpool over the past couple of years.
They know they're not going to win a seat in Liverpool in the parliamentary elections. But they have high hopes of winning a seat on the city council, Woolton to be precise.
If the Conservatives can prise the seat from the Liberal Democrats then they truly will be back in town, and it could put them in an influential position if there is a hung council after May 6.
Oh, and there's the matter of their ten target seats either side of the Mersey that need to be won to give David Cameron a decent working majority.