Labour to go North by North-West

Liverpool is to welcome the 2011 Labour Party annual conference, with the party
going to the north-west in four of the next five years.

The four-day
September 2011 conference will be held at ACC Liverpool, using both the BT
Convention Centre and the Echo Arena.

Manchester Central has landed the
2012 and 2014 annual conferences in addition to next year’s which had previously
been announced. Labour also announced it will go to Bournemouth International
Centre and the Pavillion for its annual conference in 2013.

The autumn annual
conference is one of the most high profile political events in Europe with over
20,000 delegates and visitors attending. It was worth £15m to the Manchester
economy in 2006.

Labour’s North West Minister Phil Woolas says he is,
“really excited” that Liverpool has been chosen for the first time in
2011.

“The city has now got world class conference facilities, great
hotels and as everyone knows Liverpudlians always make visitors very welcome,”
he adds.

The successful 2011 bid was a joint submission by ACC Liverpool,
Liverpool City Council and The Mersey Partnership agency and is expected to
provide a £20m-plus boost for Liverpool’s economy, from accommodation, media
coverage and related incremental expenditure.

Woolas describes the latest
announcement as “fantastic news for both Liverpool and Manchester and we’re very
proud to have the Labour Party Conference regularly coming to the North West in
the next few years”

General manager of BT Convention Centre Liverpool,
Jacquie Rogers, welcomes Labour’s 2011 decision as “a major coup for the city”
and ACC Liverpool chief executive, Bob Prattey, says the venue is “perfect for
high-profile events such as this because it can be effectively sealed off to
create a secure ‘campus’ site”.

Labour’s 2009 annual conference will be
in Brighton.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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