Liberal Democrats conference to plough £12m into Birmingham

The Liberal Democrats' autumn conference, which takes place from 17-21 September, is expected to generate £12m for Birmingham's economy.

Liberal Democrats’ conference to bring £12m to Birmingham
Liberal Democrats’ conference to bring £12m to Birmingham

Around 8,000 delegates will attend the conference, which takes place at the ICC. Birmingham has now hosted all of the three main political parties in the last three years.

In addition to the main conference programme, Birmingham will host over 500 fringe events, including a series of ‘Team Birmingham’ events, targeting visiting media, politicians and businesses, and designed to provide a platform for the city to showcase its lead on a number of issues set to arise at conference.

A further 11 Birmingham organisations will be involved in the programme, which will cover themes including Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), growing a green economy and opportunities arising from the Government's decentralisation and deregulation agendas.

Birmingham City Council deputy leader Paul Tilsley said: "With party conferences come influential figures and the UK’s media, particularly when it involves the government of the day, providing a unique opportunity to show the city at its best. The impact of a conference such as this on Birmingham’s profile is significant. The last Conservative Party conference in autumn 2010 contributed £20m in economic impact while media coverage was valued at an estimated £29m."

The Liberal Democrats return to Birmingham after holding its spring conference at the ICC in March 2010.

The Conservative Party's autumn conference was also held at the ICC Birmingham in October last year.

The Liberal Democrat conference is to be held at the Brighton Centre in 2012, following a £1m revamp of the venue.

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