This year's party conferences are already shaping up to be hugely important.

Usually, conferences in the middle of a Parliament can be dull affairs with the emphasis solely on the leader's speeches.  This year, however, looks to be different.

The Conservatives are looking at the structure of the party, the role of local associations and how candidates should be selected.  Such reviews always bring with them worries about more centralised control.

Labour are also looking at potential reform as well.  There are few, if any, details yet but policy-making processes look likely to change to empower activists and certain key policies, not least Trident, will also be debated.

There is the potential for two very different types of political party to emerge from these reforms.  The party conferences look like they might get interesting!