THE cost of going to conference can not be offset by the free buffets at fringe meetings. Some members think twice about going at all, if they need to take time off work and book expensive hotel rooms which seem to be that little bit more expensive when an event like this is on. So again, Conservative councillor Jonny Bucknell is cutting the cost of it all by sleeping in his Volvo. He has found a hideaway in the Highgate area of Birmingham, close to Sparkbrook. When morning breaks, he heads to the Moseley swimming baths and pays £4.10 – but only uses the shower. Then he heads on his fold-up bike to the conference site in the city centre. Asked where he’s staying by colleagues, he simply says the Hotel L’Volvo.
MOSELEY SWIMMING BATHS PIC: TONY HISGETT/FLICKR