Up to 13,000 descend on Brighton for Labour Party Conference

The Labour Party Conference is currently underway in Brighton, with up to 13,000 delegates estimated to have descended on the city. The official Labour Party website claims it was expecting at least 11,000 delegates.

The conference, which began on 24 September and runs until 27 September, is taking place at the Brighton Centre, while the official hotel of the event is the Brighton Hilton Metropole.

The announcement earlier in the year that the Labour Party had selected Brighton as its destination for the 2017 conference was welcomed by the local convention bureau, which has worked closely with the political party and security firms to ensure the event remains safe and well managed. The nearby Grand Brighton hotel was subject of a bomb scare earlier in September.

A source at Brighton’s convention bureau told CN: “Brighton is delighted to once again be hosting the Labour Party Annual Conference, which has attracted a record number of conference delegates. The attendees are enjoying the facilities Brighton has to offer and a fabulously sunny weekend really gave delegates an opportunity to see Brighton at its best.”

More than 400 fringe events are taking place during the conference, as well as an exhibition and business forum.

The economic impact the conference has had on the city is yet to be revealed. The economic benefit of the 2016 Labour Party Conference, which took place at ACC Liverpool, was estimated to be worth £17m to the Merseyside city.


Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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