Labour Party chooses Blackpool for regional conference

Labour North West's 2011 regional conference is to be held in Blackpool in November with up to 1,000 delegates expected to attend.

Blackpool to host Labour Party North West
Blackpool to host Labour Party North West
The conference will be held at the Imperial Hotel on 4-6 November, with the Winter Gardens hosting the gala dinner.

Labour North West’s regional board chair Louise Baldock said: "We’re delighted to be taking our regional conference to Blackpool.

"Our weekend conference in Blackpool will provide an ideal opportunity for many to attend their first Labour Party event while providing a welcome boost to the resort’s hotels and businesses.

"We have had many happy conferences in the past in Blackpool and it’s exciting to be coming back with both old friends and a new generation of members."

The Labour Party has previously held its annual conference in Blackpool in 2002, and last week the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) held its national conference on 17-20 April at the Winter Gardens with Ed Balls as the keynote speaker.

Visit Blackpool’s business tourism manager Mandy Tythe-McCallum said: "Blackpool’s efforts to regain its position as one of the UK’s top destinations for political conferences has been handed a welcome boost with this news.

"It’s great that we are back on the political conference map and that our strategy to try and secure both new and lapsed events is starting to have a real impact."

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