Yes, there are a few people who get bad press, who behave in a way which drags down the image of the majority - but think of what they're fighting for, think of what needs to change - and try to imagine what on earth the Conservatives were thinking when they brought the conference to Manchester.
Put simply, chucking bricks together and hoping for the best is no solution, even if 200,000 homes were anywhere near enough to help the millions of wannabe Gen Buy. The current housing crisis is not just a supply and demand disparity (although that is an element of it).
As the Conservative Party Conference draws to a close, we have been treated to some of the worst displays of political intolerance by the British New Left since the riots which followed the General Election. However, as Conservatives, we must not allow ourselves to be intimidated, nor to simply consider such behaviour an "occupational hazard" of being right-wing in Britain today.
I listened to home secretary Theresa May's speech at the Conservative Party Conference with mounting distress and sorrow. I heard her labelling people like me who survive torture as "illegal immigrants" who abuse the system by smuggling themselves into the UK, and declare that she would institute a new "tough" system to weed out such undeserving cases.
This was all a far cry from Theresa May's hardline message yesterday. No.10 insist the PM agrees with much of what she said, but given that this debate is often about striking the right tone, it was obvious he wanted to accentuate the positive...
It's two years since Margaret Thatcher died and 25 since she quit as Prime Minister but Tories still love their former leader. From the conference stage to fringe meetings and book stalls at their annual shindig in Manchester, there was evidence of "Thatcher-mania" - a low-key, quiet majority version of "Corbyn-mania". Here's a brief guide to where it was spotted.
The Conservative Party conference reached its own squeezed middle yesterday, as Iain Duncan Smith was hidden away in the Tuesday graveyard shift with his unfounded boasts of 'compassion' and 'tolerance'.
The last Parliament saw housing rise rapidly up the political agenda. As a result, there is now a firm political consensus on the need to address the shortage of homes in England. This includes a genuine desire across government to get more homes built, which is very welcome. The next big question, which will define housing in this Parliament, is homes for who? Who are we building for On this question, the government has made a much less auspicious start.
I believe that we can make this era - these 2010s - a defining decade for our country, the turnaround decade, one which people will look back on and say: "That's the time when the tide turned, when people no longer felt the current going against them, but working with them." We can be that Greater Britain. Because we know this: nothing is written. We've proved it in schools across our country, that the poorest children don't have to get the worst results - they can get the best... A Greater Britain - made of greater hope, greater chances, greater security. So let's get out there - all of us - and let's make it happen.
As a supporter of the EU, I am optimistic that most youngsters believe our country's future should be outward looking and help us secure Britain's voice on the world stage. But either way, they have a right to be heard and the Prime Minister still has an opportunity to change his mind...
May argues that these people should not be 'rewarded' with safety. But why should they be punished with deportation for having the courage, perseverance and resources to make the journey to Europe?
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, says that "cohesion" is "impossible" with high levels of migration. This is factually wrong. This kind of statement i...
In her address to the Conservative Party Conference, Theresa May portrayed immigration as almost exclusively negative. It was yet another example of the Home Secretary turning away the world's best and brightest, putting internal party politics ahead of the country, and helping our competitor economies instead of our own. Lambasting her own record in office, she claimed there was "no case, in the national interest" for the immigration figures she has presided over.
Yesterday, at the Conservative Party Conference, George Osborne announced that councils will keep £26billion of the business rates that they collect....
It's safe to say climate change is not on the Conservative Party conference agenda this year. If you showed up just 12 minutes late to Monday afternoon's main event, you would've missed energy secretary Amber Rudd entirely. And indeed, it seems quite a few people did.
Ignore the haters - I know it can be tough when the crowd is baying as you make your way to conference today. But know this: the vast majority in this country think like I do. We are not huge political animals, and neither are we intellectual greats. We do however respect those who put themselves in office for a cause; we believe in a healthy economy to look after our most vulnerable and we believe that for too long, an entire generation had a better time living off the dole than those of us who bothered to get a job to feed our young families. It's been an inspiring conference. And I look forward to coming back for many years to come.