Shadow communities and local government minister Caroline Spelman (pictured right) genuinely gives the impression of someone who cares about her brief and is on top of it.
Of course, she had this brief before, in Michael Howard's Shadow Team, before giving it up to be party chair in 2007, so she's got form.
But she seems very well read and very well informed. Moreover, she seems to be genuinely committed to the devolution of power from central to local government and - crucially - also to believe that David Cameron is the first Conservative leader who truly believes in such devolution.
When asked to comment on housing minister John Healey's, recent moves towards offering councils greater autonomy, she was recently quoted as saying: "It is entirely consistent with localism. We should have faith in our local authorities, the vast majority of which are well run."
Hmmmmm. Well let's hope she can deliver this devolution agenda! I've worked with some truly brilliant local government officers (and of course I've worked with some complete duds) and a well-run and proactive local authority is, indeed, a complete joy.
But one thing is for sure, I have never known a central administration devolve power to local government. Not really. Not in over 25 years of working in the regeneration sector. Quite the opposite in fact.