Time to bring back party conferences

David Cameron (right) pictured  at a Conservative Party conference in Blackpool in 2007 with Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg (second left), his companion Diana Taylor (far left) and Samantha Cameron.
David Cameron (right) pictured at a Conservative Party conference in Blackpool in 2007 with Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg (second left), his companion Diana Taylor (far left) and Samantha Cameron.
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Fresh calls were made today for political leaders to throw their support behind Blackpool by bringing their main party conferences back to the resort.

Coun Maxine Callow, Conservative councillor for Norbreck ward in Blackpool, said the three main political parties should start backing seaside resorts by bringing their money here instead of big cities less in need of an economic boost.

She said all three parties, Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats, should look to shift their main conferences to the resort to give the town a financial boost and both national and international exposure.

Coun Callow said: “I think the big parties should bring their conferences back to seaside resorts. Some turn their noses up at Blackpool, going to cities that don’t need the boost but there’s a warm welcome for them here.

“It’s about time they had a re-think. To have millions watching around the world, and people with deep pockets spending money in the town would be a boost.

“We’ve spent money on the Winter Gardens and Tower – these are the best venues in the world.”

Coun Callow’s calls have been welcomed by tourism bosses.

Kate Shane, general manager of Blackpool Tower, said: “We could have meetings at the top of The Tower, conferences in the Ballroom and speeches in the circus.

“The accommodation has improved, as have the attractions, we now have something to put Blackpool back on the map.

“It would be a real confidence boost for the town. If there’s confidence from one of the major political parties that would have a knock-on effect.”

Working to attract the big events

The influx of revellers for the Rebellion punk festival this weekend shows Blackpool attracts big events, council bosses say.

Coun Graham Cain, lead for tourism, said: “We bring a regular amount of conferences and conventions to the town, which attract visitors and money.

“Marketing Blackpool is always working to improve business tourism.”

“This weekend we have Rebellion and last week thousands came to watch the darts.

“Two political based conventions have also been secured in the town for this year.”

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