Labour conference... a million dollar question

Labour leader Ed Miliband during his trip to Cleveleys.
Labour leader Ed Miliband during his trip to Cleveleys.
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Labour leader Ed Miliband has remained tight-lipped on whether he will bring his party’s annual conference back to Blackpool, describing it as the “million dollar question”.

Last year senior Labour politicians Ed Balls and Andy Burnham indicated they would welcome a return to the resort, but Mr Miliband would not be drawn on the possibility during a visit to Cleveleys this week.

Quizzed by The Gazette, he said: “It’s the million dollar question.

“There are proper processes for this but I think Blackpool is a great place.”

Last year Mr Balls and Mr Burnham suggested they would welcome a return during the party’s North West Conference at the Winter Gardens.

This year’s event will take place at the Imperial Hotel in November.

Speaking at the event last year, Mr Balls, who is the Shadow Chancellor, said: “My first ever Labour conference was here 20 years ago.

“We’ve seen in the last few years some of the big city centres trying to compete for that conference business, but I still think there’s something special about coming to Blackpool.”

Mr Burnham, who is Shadow Health Secretary, agreed.

He added: “If you think about the landmark moments in our country’s history, they’ve been made here in venues like this and we need to be grateful for that heritage and bring it into the future.”

“It looks very improved and it would be great to see us back here.”

This year’s annual Labour conference will be held in Brighton.

Manchester is set to host the event in 2014.

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