Green surge prompts switch in venue

The Green Party has switched venues in Liverpool for its 6-9 March spring conference citing a growing demand for places.

The flagship event has been moved from St George’s Hall in Liverpool to the state-of-the-art ACC Liverpool.

The Greens held their 2014 spring conference at the venue last February.

The Party’s conference co-ordinator Louisa Greenbaum told CN: “We outgrew St George’s Hall. We tried to adjust for the membership growth and considered adding marquees,” she added, saying that St George’s Hall’s main room capacity for 500 had seemed enough at the time of the booking. “Now we’re looking at up to double that delegate figure for the conference,” Greenbaum added, saying St George’s Hall had been understanding of the need to move.

CN understands the original booking was released with no penalties.

The new location is in the middle of the Liverpool Riverside constituency, a national target for the Greens.

Leader of the Green Party in Liverpool, Councillor John Coyne, said: “This is the fourth time we’ve brought conference to Liverpool since I’ve been a Green councillor and the change in venue reflects our huge local and national growth.”

Kerrin MacPhie, director of sales at ACC Liverpool, told CN: “We are pleased to welcome the Green Party for the first time and were able to accommodate the organisation as it experiences a growth in membership. Holding its spring conference at ACC Liverpool will enable the event, one of its most important on the political calendar, to develop and progress in line with the party’s expansion.

“We are hosting two political conferences in March in the run-up to the general election as the Green Party will be closely followed by the Lib Dems.”

Chris Brown, director of Marketing Liverpool, told CN: “We’re pleased that, as the party’s membership has grown recently, the city was able to accommodate the need for increased capacity with ACC Liverpool.”

An official Green Party statement said: “We are delighted to announce a change of venue for spring conference due to the unprecedented level of registrations. ACC Liverpool is a modern large venue which scores highly on sustainability and accessibility, and will be a great setting for our biggest ever spring conference.”

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