Labour conference returning to city

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Labour leader Ed Miliband at the Echo Arena © Trinity Mirror

Labour leader Ed Miliband at the Echo Arena © Trinity Mirror

Liverpool is set to play host to the Labour Party Conference again, after it was announced that it will be returning to the city  in 2016 and 2018.

The event is the party’s biggest political event of the year and was last in Liverpool in 2011. The 2016 and 2018 events will be held in the Echo Arena and Convention Centre, and is expected to generate up to £20million revenue within the city each time.

Speaking on the announcement, General Secretary of the Labour Party, Iain McNicoll said: “We are delighted to be able to confirm that we will be holding the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool in 2016 and 2018.

“Liverpool is one of our great British cities and we had a wonderful conference there in 2011”, he said.

The last Labour Conference in the city attracted around 11,000 delegates, as well as bringing over £15million to the local economy.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said welcomed the announcement, saying that he hopes to “welcome the next Labour Prime Minister to Liverpool” in 2016.

Mayor Anderson said: “This news is a huge vote of confidence in Liverpool by the Labour Party. It’s clear that Liverpool is now firmly up there as one of the very best venues in the whole of the country when it comes to hosting major, world class events.

“These conferences will bring in millions of pounds to the local economy. They will fill up our hotels, our restaurants, our shops and our bars. All of that supports local jobs, and will be a real boost to our city.

“The Labour Party conference in 2011 really impressed everyone who came. It was a great event, and I remember so many people coming up to me to tell me how fantastic the city looked,” he said.

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