My early offering for Newcomer of the Year is Darren Millar - with Alun Davies as runner up. Darren has surprised many with his ability to communicate in a reasoned and considered way. Darren is the Tory to watch. He will lead the Conservatives in the National Assembly at some stage. I particularly like the way he has not become puffed up with his own importance - which is more than you can say for every AM.