Birmingham welcomes Prime Minister and the LGA

By on 28/06/2011 in News

As the Prime Minister and more than 1800 leading figures from local government and national politics arrive in Birmingham today for the 201i Local Government Association (LGA) Annual Conference, Leader of Birmingham City Council, Mike Whitby as welcomed them to the city and spoken of opportunities and benefits the event brings to the city.

To be staged at the ICC over the next three days, with fringe events throughout the city centre, the event draws together politicians, officers, stakeholders and partner organisations from all across the country.

Featuring leading Government and opposition guest speakers including The Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Labour Leader Ed Milliband, the key theme of the event will be exploring how to 'make localism work.'

Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “It is perhaps fitting at this challenging time for local government that delegates should gather here, in the city where the modern concept for localism was first invented by Chamberlain, to discuss the concept of localism and how to use local government to drive the national agenda forward for the good of all.

“As during the Conservative Party Conference last year, I am again looking forward to sharing with the Prime Minister and his ministers much of the good work already underway in the city, and pressing them to provide forward thinking cities such as Birmingham with the resources and backing needed to lead the countries economic growth.”

As well as providing a unique platform for Birmingham officials to speak to Government ministers, the event is also expected to provide a major boost to the local economy, with thousands of delegates and stakeholders staying in, and spending money in the city.

Delegates will also get the opportunity to experience Birmingham for themselves first hand, and learn more about many of the major regeneration and cultural projects underway within the city centre, not least progress on the £189m Library of Birmingham which overlooks the conference venue.

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