£400,000 boost from conference

Mandy Tythe-McCallum, Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden, Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn and Labour Party leader MP Ed Milliband

Mandy Tythe-McCallum, Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden, Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn and Labour Party leader MP Ed Milliband

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BUSINESSES received a £400,000 boost following Labour North West’s 2011 Regional Conference in Blackpool last weekend.

The conference, which took place from November 4-6 at Blackpool’s Imperial Hotel and newly-restored Winter Gardens, welcomed around 1,000 delegates to the resort.

During the Conference, Labour leader Ed Miliband set out his party’s five-point plan to create jobs, help struggling families and support small businesses across the North West.

Mr Miliband said he was delighted Labour’s regional conference was in Blackpool.

He said: “We have had many happy conferences in Blackpool in the past and it’s good to be back with old friends and a new generation of members.”

Mandy Tythe-McCallum, business tourism manager for visitBlackpool, estimated the gain for the town at £400,000, and said: “The conference was a great success and we were delighted to welcome the Labour Party back at such an exciting time.

“Blackpool has come a long way and the return of the Labour Party shows the confidence organisers have in the resort’s ability to deliver for major events.

“The feedback we received from the delegates was very positive and we relished the opportunity to show them exactly what we have to offer.

“Business tourism is an important part of Blackpool’s economy and is worth in excess of £40m per year to the resort.

“The recent improvements mean there is even more to offer event organisers and reaffirms our status as a leading conference destination.”