Politically active Birmingham welcomes Lib Dems

Two
thousand Liberal Democrats are set to descend on Birmingham for the party’s Spring Conference at
the ICC later this week, as the 2010 general election campaign gets ready for
the starting pistol.  

The
12-14 March Spring Conference paves the way for the return of the party for its
annual autumn conference in 2011, which the Lib Dems expect to attract 6,000
delegates. Both events are estimated to be worth a total of £11m for the
regional economy.

Bespoke city dressing has been created to welcome delegates to the
city and a dedicated website has been created for the conference with
accommodation, travel and leisure information

Birmingham is the only UK city
to have secured all three main political parties over a three-year period,
delivering six party political conferences during this
timeframe.

Liberal Democrat Leader Nick Clegg says: “I am really looking forward
to coming to Birmingham for our important pre-General
Election party conference. Attracting big conferences and events to the city
helps provide a welcome boost to Birmingham’s economy; I’m glad that the Liberal
Democrats are playing a role in that.”

Cllr
Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council and Leader of the Liberal
Democrat Group, believes the decision to hold both conferences in the city
“underlines the city’s reputation for hosting world class
events”.

Chief
executive of Marketing Birmingham Neil Rami, adds: “The decision by the Liberal
Democrat Party to hold the spring conference in Birmingham really cements our position on the
political conference circuit. We are working with The NEC Group, Birmingham City
Council and West Midlands Police to host the party. We will ensure we show them
the full breadth of what Birmingham has to offer.”

The
momentum will continues throughout 2010 with Birmingham’s ICC hosting the Conservative Party
Autumn Conference in October.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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