Tories elect Birmingham for conference

The Conservative Party is to hold its 2008 and 2010 conferences at the Birmingham International Convention Centre in a move that will bring an estimated £40m-worth of business to the area. “Following the success of our 2006 Spring Forum in Manchester, we are delighted to be bringing our main conference to England’s second city,” said Conservative Party chairman Francis Maude. "Birmingham is one of the country’s great heartland cities representing a dynamic and cosmopolitan Britain. “Having looked at the five venues across the country that can hold a full conference, we are keen to move the conference across the country. We have not ruled out returning to other venues in the future.” A decision on the location of the 2009 Party Conference is expected shortly.

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