Tories to head back to Brum in 2012

The Conservative
Party will hold its autumn party conference in Birmingham in 2012. The event will be the third
Tory conference to be hosted in the city and is scheduled for 8-11 October
2012.

Leader of
Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby, said the decision to follow up 2008 with
2010 and now 2012, “is undoubtedly confirmation of our reputation as the
UK’s natural meeting place for
political conferences. I am confident that the Conservative Party Conference in
2012 will enhance that reputation”.

Marketing
Birmingham and The NEC Group helped secure the
deal with the Conservatives, whose 2012 conference at The ICC will be the sixth
political event to be staged in Birmingham over the last five
years.

The 2008 event
contributed an estimated £28m to Birmingham’s
economy.

Tory party
chairman Eric
Pickles is “delighted” to be returning to Birmingham in
2012.

“Birmingham proved to us in 2008 that it has an
exceptional conference venue in the ICC and Symphony Hall, a good range of
accommodation and a well developed transport infrastructure,” says Pickles.
“Whilst these are all important issues for our delegates it was the welcome we
received that made a lasting impression.”

Chief executive
of Marketing Birmingham, Neil Rami,
says the agreement was won against some stiff competition, “and is a clear sign
of the confidence that the major political parties now have in the city’s
ability to deliver a world-class event”. 

Eleven thousand
delegates are expected at the annual conferences and NEC group chief executive,
Paul Thandi, says the return of this conservative conference “reinforces The
ICC’s position as the premier international conference centre in the UK”. 

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

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