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Conservative Party books annual conference in Birmingham with three-year deal

Conservative Party co-chairman, Amanda Milling MP, has announced a vote of confidence in Birmingham with a three-year deal to take the party to the ICC Birmingham for its annual autumn conference in 2022, 2024 and 2026.

The Conservative Party Conference gathers members, organisations and the press to engage with the party and hear new ideas and policies. The 2020 Conservative Party conference should have been in Birmingham in August 2020, before recently being cancelled due to coronavirus. A virtual event is promised this year by the party, which said any event would adhere to the relevant government guidance at the time to ensure the safety of attendees.

Amanda Milling MP added: “I’m delighted to announce that we’ll be holding three future conferences in Birmingham. 

“Birmingham is key to our plan to level up the entire country and we look forward to our making our relationship with the city stronger than ever.

“Naturally, this announcement is tinged with the disappointment that we can’t hold our full annual conference in the city this year. We will continue to work with our partners and look to hold some elements of the traditional party conference nearer the time. But we will return for our party Conference in 2022.”

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, described the news of the party committing to more main conferences in Birmingham as a clear vote of confidence in the city and the wider region’s future. 

“These events will help ensure the West Midlands continues to be centre-stage in national political life, while also supporting jobs and bringing millions of pounds into the local economy. 

“The conferences will also be a great opportunity to showcase the renewal of our region, including the flagship regeneration projects in the City Centre and the brand-new Metro extension serving the conference centre.”

Paul Thandi, CEO of the NEC Group concluded: “We are pleased to agree a deal with the Conservative Party to bring their Autumn 2022, 2024 and 2026 conferences to the venue in the future.

“We have had the pleasure of hosting the Conservative Party Conference for six years, which has had great economic impacts for Birmingham, and look forward to welcoming the event’s return in 2022.”