Up to as many as 1,500 UKippers are to descend on Bournemouth for the party’s autumn conference, as the UK Independence Party returns to the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) for the second time this year.
The autumn conference will provide a platform for the party’s new leader as UKIP attempts to redefine its role in a new political and economic landscape.
The winner of the leadership contest is to be announced on the first day of the two-day conference, 16 September.
“UKIP is delighted to be returning to Dorset and Bournemouth,” says party chairman Paul Oakden.
“In June, both the county and the town voted convincingly for Brexit, so it will feel like coming home. The party and its delegates have always found a great welcome in Bournemouth and Bournemouth International Centre has always provided an excellent service to us. Happy to be back.”
The UKIP National Autumn Conference will consist of a plenary session and a number of fringe meetings throughout the two-day conference.
The conference is expected to generate an economic boost for the region of around £1m from business tourism.
“I’m pleased to see Bournemouth once again staging a series of debates and discussion for British politics,” says BH Live Director of Venues, Pat Coyne. “After hosting its regional conference and a special, one-day Brexit debate in the summer, we’re delighted to welcome delegates back to launch the next phase in the party’s evolution.”
The UKIP Autumn Conference takes place 16-17 September 2016.