This won't be eloquent or interesting, I just need a crowd-source decision.
Although I still don't get any actual money-pay, most people who ask me to speak at conferences or hold breakout sessions now pay my expenses. Luckily, this means I haven't had to use any of the left over Spartacus fund for ages. (My blagging skills appear to be second only to Kaliya Franklin's but no-one will EVER match her ability to charm)
With the political conference season fast approaching, I will be on a panel at Lib Dem conference in Brighton discussing social care with Paul Burstow, and I will be going to Manchester for the Labour conference on the Monday and Tuesday.
Many thanks to those already supporting my ability to lobby by paying for those expenses.
However, I wanted to ask you all if you thought it was a good idea for me to spend some of the remaining funds on extending my stay in Manchester a further two days, so that I can be there for the entire Labour Conference?
I usually feel that some of my most effective moments, politically, have been at conference where access to ministers, advisers, journos and wonks is wall-to-wall for 4 days.
It will however probably mean two more nights in the hotel and they won't be cheap during conference week. I haven't got a figure yet, but I imagine over £100 a night for two nights. My travel is covered already by those hosting the fringe events I'll be attending.
Although it's probably too late in the day, I would still like to get a pass into the secure zone, and if I'm able to, I will have to pay for that too. Obviously, if any other opportunities come up between now and then to get these expenses paid for too, I'll grab it, but otherwise, I'd really like your opinions on whether you think it's a good use of the funds or not?
Do leave comments below if you can, but if the infamous nightmare that is my comment thread won't let you, you can tweet me @suey2y or let me know on Facebbok (Sue Marsh)
Either way, I'll be doing my absolute best for you all on the Monday and Tuesday and hopefully, I can cause a few stirs again - just like last year when Kali and I handbagged poor Ed quite so spectacularly ;)