As George Osborne announced his plans to freeze civil
service pay and cut back pensions for Whitehall Mandarins, Team Birmingham is out
in force in Manchester Central at the Conservative conference to promote the
city in preparation for the Tories bringing their annual autumn gathering to Birmingham next year.
As new convention facilities in the Manchester
and Liverpool enjoy increasing success winning
political party and trade union conference business, Brum is clearly ready to
fight its corner.
The Tories’ 2010 annual conference is estimated to be worth
£20m to the Birmingham
economy and City Council leader Mike Whitby says: “We’re delighted to
welcome the Conservatives back after the success of 2008. Birmingham has an unparalleled reputation for
organising first-class events, and this is supported by our Team Birmingham
Conservative Party chairman, Eric Pickles MP, says he is “delighted”
to be returning to the city in 2010. “Birmingham
was the perfect host with excellent conference facilities and accommodation for
our delegates, as well as great bars and restaurants. Everything was geared
towards supporting the conference and welcoming it to the city. We’re looking
forward to a similarly successful event next year.”
chief executive, Neil Rami, stresses the 2010 conference will help “to maintain
position on the national agenda as a city which successfully hosts major events”.