ACC Liverpool will welcome back the Liberal Democrats in March next year for its third party conference at the venue.
Around 2,500 delegates are expected to attend the three-day annual spring party political in March 2015. It will be the coalition government partner’s third visit to the city, after holding its spring conference in Liverpool in 2008 and returning two years later in September 2010 for its main autumn gathering.
The Lib Dems were due to hold their autumn conference at ACC Liverpool this September, but pulled it to avoid a clash with the Scottish Referendum.
“It was unfortunate that we were unable to accommodate revised dates this year due to our busy conference calendar and commitments to existing events, but the return of the Lib Dems underlines the relationship we have built up with the organisers over many years,” said Bob Prattey, Chief Executive of ACC Liverpool.
The last time the party was in Liverpool for its main autumn gathering, Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats, was joined by 6,000 delegates and 1,600 global media. The event generated £10m for the economy, with 206 fringe meetings hosted at ACC Liverpool and around 300 additional fringe meetings taking place elsewhere in the city.
Lucy Hope, Head of Conference Office at the Liberal Democrats, said: “We’re excited about returning to ACC Liverpool. This is an important conference for the Party, the last before May 2015 elections, and we know that the facilities at ACC Liverpool will help us deliver a successful event.”
The party has been working closely with Liverpool Convention Bureau to secure accommodation in the region.
“The city is always buzzing when a party conference is here, and I know hoteliers, restaurateurs and attractions will already have this one circled in their diaries for 2015,” said Emma Bellis, Head of Liverpool Convention Bureau. “The strongest evidence of a city’s strength as a convention destination is returning visits, so the Liberal Democrats coming to Liverpool for the third time is a great advert for what we have to offer.”
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