Glasgow has been chosen to host the Liberal Democrats’ annual Autumn Party Conference in 2013.
The city beat off strong UK-wide competition to secure the five-day event, which will take place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) next September.
Over 7,000 delegates will travel to Glasgow to attend the conference, which is expected to inject £12m into the local economy.
Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and the SECC have led negotiations with the Lib-Dems over the past six months to bring the conference to Scotland for the first time in more than a decade. It will be the largest conference held in Glasgow since the 14th Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society in 2004, which attracted 15,000 delegates.
The city hosted the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) spring conference last month as well as the Labour Party’s spring conferences in 2003 and 2007.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, said: “I’m delighted that we are taking our Autumn Conference to Glasgow, particularly at such an important time in Scotland’s and the UK’s history. Our party has always led the way in campaigning for devolution, and I hope coming to Glasgow will remind Scots that we are committed to continuing that process and securing their future as part of the UK.”
The five days of the conference will include policy debates, fringe events, receptions and an exhibition.
Scott Taylor, Chief Executive of GCMB (pictured), said: “The decision by the Liberal Democrat Party to hold their autumn conference in Glasgow next year is a clear endorsement of the confidence that the meetings industry has in our city.
“We’re delighted to welcome this prestigious conference to Glasgow and, moreover, that in the face of stiff competition to host the event, they have chosen us.”
Ben Goedegebuure, Director of Sales at the SECC, said: “Glasgow is fast becoming a natural choice for large meetings and forums and we’re delighted to be welcoming such a high profile event to Glasgow. Political forums are superb for venues like ours to host; they are dynamic, versatile and will use every part of the SECC’s spaces and services, which means they get the most out of their event both in the venue and in the destination.”
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