Boris Johnson to hold party conference in Blackpool to cement Tory support in North

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The Conservative Spring Forum will take place at the Winter Gardens in the Lancashire seaside resort in 2022. At Westminster, the move was seen as a fresh acknowledgement of the importance of northern voters to the electoral support for Boris Johnson’s government. Visit Blackpool estimated that the event will be worth £2.4million to the local economy.

Conservative Party co-chairman Amanda Milling said: “I’m delighted to announce that we will be returning to Blackpool for the Conservative Party Spring Forum in two years’ time.

“Blackpool and the entire North West region are a key part of our plan to level-up the country and returning to the town reinforces our commitment to the task.

“I am looking forward to seeing Conservative party supporters and activists making the trip to the seaside to enjoy the conference and everything this wonderful town has to offer.”

Blackpool’s Winter Gardens have hosted moments of high political drama over the years including the leadership that propelled David Cameron to the top of his party and his famous challenge to Gordon Brown to “call that election” in an hour-long speech without notes.

In recent years, all the major parties have stayed away from Blackpool with the Tories preferring city-centre conference venues in Manchester and Birmingham.

Labour councillor Gillian Campbell, cabinet minister for tourism and culture on Blackpool Council, said: “We are delighted to see the return of a mainstream party political conference to Blackpool – and we hope it will be the first of many.

“Our investment in a new conference centre to complement the existing facilities in the Winter Gardens is a statement of our intent to once again become a major player in the conference market.

“The return of the Conservative Party after a number of years away gives us every confidence that we can do just that.

“We look forward to welcoming delegates back to Blackpool in the spring of 2022 when they will be able to experience the outstanding new conference facilities that are currently under construction.”

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