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Conservative Party Spring Forum venue confirmed

Harrogate Convention Centre will host the 2020 Conservative Party National Spring Forum in April, venue management confirmed today, 16 January.

The Spring forum will be one of the first national Conservative Party conference events following the UK’s departure from the EU on 31 January.

Harrogate Convention Centre director, Paula Lorimer, says the event is a huge win for the town. She said: “It’s hard for me to overstate what a major coup this is for the town and our venue.

“I am very proud of the team here and their achievements. This comes after a number of big signings in 2019 and it sets us on a fantastic road for further success in 2020.

“In April this year the whole country will focus on events taking place in Harrogate. With thousands of visitors expected in town, the economic impact for the district is estimated to be more than £1.7m.”

December’s General Election saw voters return Andrew Jones to Westminster to represent the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency for the Conservatives.

Cllr Richard Cooper, leader of Harrogate Borough Council, said: “What a brilliant way to kick off 2020. I know the effort which has gone into bringing this event here so congratulations and well done to everyone involved.

“The Spring Forum comes to Harrogate at a very interesting time for British politics so it’s a big vote of confidence and recognises us as a destination which has the facilities and experience to handle the event.