Lib Dems coming to town

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes will speak in Blackpool.
Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes will speak in Blackpool.
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LIBERAL Democrat deputy leader Simon Hughes will be among the speakers when Blackpool hosts a party conference this weekend.

Around 150 delegates are expected to attend the Lib Dem’s North West Regional Conference at The Monty Social Centre, Dickson Road, on February 25.

Other speakers at the day-long event will include North West Euro MP Chris Davies, whose constituency includes the Fylde coast.

He said: “I’ve fond memories of party conferences in Blackpool, not least of which was the final assembly of the old Liberal Party before the birth of the Liberal Democrats in 1988.

“Of course there is some merit in having events in the major cities, but I regret the fact party conferences are no longer always associated with the seaside. Gatherings here were easier on the pocket than in many locations.

“Of course I am biased, because I was born in Lytham, am proud to represent the Fylde in the European Parliament, and I have a fondness for trams, old and new.

“The deputy leader of our party should provide us with food for thought and with local Lib Dem leading lights like Coun Doug Green also attending, I look forward to a warm welcome on the seafront.”

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Other speakers will include Lib Dem MPs Gordon Birtwistle who represents Burnley and Padiham, and Andrew Stunell, MP for Hazel Wood and also a Lib Dem communities minister.

Coun Green, the only Lib Dem on Blackpool Council, said he was looking forward to welcoming the conference back to the resort.

He said: “The conference moves around the region and it will certainly be nice to see a few more Lib Dem faces around the town!

“I’m sure there will be some interesting discussions, particularly around the challenges the party is facing with being part of the Coalition Government.”

The last time the Lib Dems were in Blackpool was for the party’s annual conference at the Winter Gardens in 2005.

In November Labour held its regional conference, attended by leader Ed Miliband, at the Promenade’s Imperial Hotel.

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