Conservative activists from across the West Midlands gathered at the weekend for a high-powered conference to discuss security and business post-Brexit.

The "Beyond Brexit" conference at the Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel, Meriden, was organised by West Midlands Conservative MEPs Anthea Mcintyre and Daniel Dalton, together with West Midlands Regional Chairman Jim Cooper.

It was addressed by high-profile politicians including Home Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid, Defence Secretary and South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson, Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.

A keynote forum on "Creating the Best Environment for Business in Global Britain" heard from top business figures including Laura Cohen, chief executive of the Stoke-based British Ceramics Confederation, Coventry Building Society chairman Gary Hoffman, and Doug Norton, chairman of Birmingham's Indestructible Paint Ltd, which supplies specialist coatings to a range of industries including the aerospace sector.

Miss McIntyre said: "We organised the conference to let leading figures in our region lift their eyes beyond the immediate focus on the Brexit deal to consider the challenges and opportunities we will face once the UK leaves.

"Whether you wanted Brexit or not, the Government is quite rightly committed to delivering on the outcome of the referendum - so there is much to consider, especially for business.

"I was delighted that we were able to line up so many top figures from the Cabinet together with some of the key players in our regional business, commerce and politics."