Conference, I've campaigned alongside you in four general elections, knocked on thousands of doors, delivered what feels like millions of leaflets.
But I've got to tell you, it's not always as glamorous as it sounds!
In 1997 I was selected for the seat with one of the worst Conservative chances in the country. Yes, North Southwark and Bermondsey. I was a first time candidate, still growing my printing business and I thought - maybe this time we can buck the trend. So I rang Sir Rhodes Boyson, that long serving Brent North MP, who I hope many of you remember, who sadly passed away in August.
'Sir Rhodes!' I said. 'I've been selected as a candidate for North Southwark and Bermondsey!'
'Grant...' he said...
...'that's great news...
...his accent Lancashire come Brent...
...You've been selected for a safe seat there.'
'But Sir Rhodes...I said. 'You're mistaken...
'This is definitely not a safe seat.
'No Conservative MP has been elected here since 1909!'
'No, that's right'...
'but now you'll be safe in the knowledge you can spend another 5 years running your printing business.'
Conference - he was right. I was hammered, 2,835 votes - at least I kept my deposit. Just.
Two years later, I was selected for Welwyn and Hatfield. A Labour seat, with a 5,600 majority, friends told me I couldn't win. I said I could. My friends were right.
Still, undeterred, I moved to the constituency and took up the fight for 2005. The hard work finally paid off. And now, three general elections later, we've taken Welwyn Hatfield from a 5,500 Labour majority to a 17,500 Conservative one.
So when people say 'you'll never win here, this seat's always going to be safe for Labour', or - heaven forbid, 'safe for those Liberal Democrats'. I'm telling you: we can win. Though we may still have our work cut out in Southwark and Bermondsey.
You know conference, seven years ago; I was proud to second David Cameron's nomination for leadership. Today, he's navigating this country through the toughest economic times since the war. He knows it's not just our party that we're working for in government, it's our nation. And I know you'll agree - he is doing a remarkable job in unbelievably testing times.
The day of the reshuffle I went to see the Prime Minister in Downing Street, and today I can reveal precisely what he said. 'Grant, you've got one task as chairman, get out there and kick-start our campaign, rally the troops, take the fight to Labour and help us win in 2015.'
Friends, that's exactly what I'm going to do. Because we can win in 2015, and today I can tell you our plan.
FIGHTING OUR CORNER
First, we need to fight our corner in government. Remember, we joined a coalition in the national interest and we've stood by our promise to deliver for this country: we're making work pay; returning rigour to our classrooms; releasing business from reams of red tape; expanding employment with 1m new jobs created.; saying to those people who need help - you can have it and saying to those who prefer to live off the backs of others - you can't.
Conference - we're doing all these things. And we're getting Britain back on track. So I ask you this: why are we so shy about our record in government?
Why don't we spend enough time explaining the good things we've done, in impossible circumstances? Why are we the shy tories? How many people know we've cut a quarter off the deficit? Cut tax for 24 million people? Taken another 2 million people out of tax entirely? Do they know that 457,000 people started apprenticeships - not since the last general election - but in the last year alone? And how many people , even in this hall, let alone the country, know that, at last, thanks to Iain Duncan Smith's Universal Credit, work will always pay?
You see, we're doing things that really matter. Because outside this hall, people don't care about punch and judy politics. They're worried about paying the bills and filling the car. They just want someone to get on with the job. And I don't blame them.
People need to know that we get it. But they're not mind-readers. So we've got to get out there and tell them.
We're freezing council tax for the third year in a row. We've frozen fuel duty so it's now 10p lower than it would have been and today, we're capping rail fares for the next two years.
See, we're on the side of every working family. So let's get out there and fight our corner.
A CLEAR CHOICE
Secondly, we've got to reach out to the nation and offer a clear choice in government. Because just think of the alternative.
Last week, Ed Miliband had his big chance to tell us what he's all about. Remember how he stood there on the stage and pretended he'd forgotten his speech? Well conference - speeches are easy to learn when there's nothing in them!
Through all his rhetoric, there was nothing on growth, nothing on tackling the deficit. And when he spoke off the cuff last week in Manchester, there was one big thing he forgot. In fact it was just one simple word: Sorry. We left you in a mess and we're sorry. But for Ed Miliband and Labour, sorry really does seem to be the hardest word. In fact, there's an idea, he could even have set it to a song.
But guess what? Labour aren't sorry. Because given the chance, they'd do it all again. More spending, more borrowing, more debt. And now Ed Balls has the cheek to say that we need a credible plan for dealing with the deficit. Ed - we've got one! And it involves stopping you from getting back in and spending money this country hasn't got.
So at the next election, we've got to present voters with a clear choice. Will it be credible economics or the boom and bust of the past?
Conference - Labour isn't learning. And Britain deserves better.
MOBILISING THE TROOPS
I know there are a lot of people out there worried about the future and I want them to know we're on their side. We need to reach out to these folks at the next election. We can't expect them to come to us - we need to go to them.
So this is the third part of my plan. Mobilising the troops, especially in our marginal seats. The marginal seats held by Labour. and, yes, the seats of our friends, the Liberal Democrats.
So when people ask if we're going to fight the next election as a coalition, together as two parties? I've got three words...no, no, no.
We'll be fighting the next election as Conservatives. And you can take confidence in what you've already achieved. You've elected 148 new MPs to parliament. You've defeated that dreadful Alternative Vote. And you've put a Conservative Mayor in City Hall not once - but twice.
As Boris says himself, 'there are no disasters, only opportunities and indeed, opportunities for fresh disasters' So Boris, I've arranged for a zip wire for your arrival on stage come Tuesday.
You know Conference, ours is a land of enormous ambition. Growing up, I watched my parents strive to build a business while providing a loving home for their three children. I got a good education - at a state school. It called itself a grammar but fortunately for me, at the time there was no entrance exam.. I did business at college and at 21, started my printing company. Actually, like millions of people in this country - I know what it's like to build a business from scratch, with employees to pay and my house on the line and those employees depending on me to pay their bills and keep their homes.
This party is on the side of those who put their hearts and souls into building Britain's businesses. And Labour might not get it but it's British business that will kick start our economy.
But it's not just about our entrepreneurs. It's about our public services. We're supported by the best National Health Service in the world.
Conference - you never forget the day you're told you've got cancer. And like so many others, the National Health Service saved my life. To the doctors and nurses that cured me, to the thousands of health professionals saving lives every day, we owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
So I'm proud to Chair the only party who pledged to increase spending on the NHS at the last election. That's in stark contrast to Labour's recent history with the NHS. In Wales, where they control the health budget, they've slashed the health budget. So let's not take any lectures from Labour on supporting the NHS!
Conference - there's something else we can be proud of. Something as Conservatives we just don't talk about enough. And that's the welfare state.
The sign of a civilised society is how it treats the most vulnerable. We should be proud that we live in a country with some of the strongest homelessness protection in the world. This is something I saw first-hand as a Housing minister. And thanks to recent changes, no one from this country need sleep rough on the street a second night.
I'm proud of these things and I'm proud of what this country can do. This summer, together, we created the best Olympic Games the world has ever known .It really was a national effort. So I pay tribute to the last government for bringing it to Britain, and this one for bringing it to fruition.
But do you know what really struck me? Not the triumph of our athletes - but the spirit of our nation. The Olympic Games - Made in Britain. Sports lover or not, it brought us together. Our athletes, on the podium, their back-stories, their experiences of Britain, were all part of the triumph. It was a celebration of exactly who we are.
The big lesson of the Olympics? You get out what you put in. See, in so many ways, we were made for these Games because Britain cares about two things: 1) What you can do for yourself and 2) what you can do for others?
Listen to those two things again. What can you do for yourself and what can you do for others. You know what, they're Conservative values too.
So the four things we need to do to win in 2015: Fight our corner in government; make the argument to the country; mobilise the troops and here's my fourth and final point the election starts right here.
I want to get our message out. To the builders, the strivers and creators, To the people protecting the vulnerable and those looking after our elders. To the people going out to work to give their children a better future.
To all these people: we share your values, and we say - join us. Share our vision? Join our mission. Because together, we can deliver.
The countdown to the next election has already begun! Back in campaign headquarters, this clock is up on the wall. It's counting down to May 2015. 942 days to go. Time ticking away.
So, four points, one plan to win it for Britain. People up and down this country are depending on us, so let's get out there and tell everyone we know we can win, we want to win.
Because Britain can deliver.