Birmingham ICC to host Lib Dem party conference

20th February 2009

<p>Birmingham's International Convention Centre (ICC) will host the Liberal Democrats' (Lib Dem's) annual party conference in 2011 as part of a two-year deal which could generate £11 million for the region's economy.</p><p>Marketing Birmingham, the city council and the NEC group have secured the contract to host the main event in September 2011, which could bring in up to 6,000 visitors, as well as the spring conference in 2010, which is likely to attract 2,000 delegates, according to the Birmingham Post.</p><p>The deal will be a boost to the hospitality providers in the city and other businesses in the event supply chain, the newspaper reports.</p><p>Councillor Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of the city council, says: "Nick [Clegg, Lib Dem leader] has been to Birmingham and seen for himself what a fantastic city this is - I have been promoting the city to him and our excellent reputation for hosting world-class events."</p><p>Last week, David Cameron was the keynote speaker at the Voice '09 conference at the ICC in Birmingham.<br/><img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-19037439-ADNFCR" src="" /></p>