Liberal Democrats’ Conference welcomed back to its birthplace

By on 13/09/2011 in News

On the eve of the Liberal Democrats' autumn conference, an event which will bring more than £12 million into the Birmingham economy, Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, has issued a warm welcome to the more than 8,000 delegates expected to visit the city.

He has also spoken of the historic significance of the event being held in the Birmingham, 134 years after an earlier political gathering in the city, which to many represents the birthplace of Liberal politics in this country.

Cllr Tilsley explains: ” On 19th May 1877 a meeting took place within this city at Bingley Hall, between the Liberal Federations of Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester.

“This meeting was addressed by Gladstone and resolved to 'facilitate the public discussion of political questions and more effectively promote the adoption of Liberal principles in Government and the country', clearly laying the foundations for the various incarnations of Liberal parties which would follow over the next 134 years.”

Hosting the Liberal Democrats' event (from September 17-21st at the ICC) will mean that since 2008 Birmingham has hosted no fewer than seven spring or autumn party conferences involving the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties.

Cllr Tilsley, added: “Birmingham has a reputation for being the UK's meeting place, having hosted seven party conferences in the last four years. Working together the city has shown that it can rise to the challenge of delivering successful events in front of the cameras and boost its reputation as a business and visitor destination.

 ”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.”

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