Manchester makes £18 million from Labour conference

2nd October 2008

<p>Manchester city council has estimated that regional businesses made around £18 million from the four days of the Labour conference.</p><p>Around 11,000 people visited the city to attend what event organisers no doubt considered a crucial few days for the prime minister, Gordon Brown. With thousands of people requiring accommodation, meals and space to unwind each day, city businesses were only too happy to satisfy the extra demand.</p><p>The prime minister said: "Manchester is a wonderful city and a great place to hold a conference. We look forward to returning in 2010."</p><p>The £18 million figure is £3 million more than was fed into the local economy in 2006. City officials proclaimed the city as the best conference venue in the country.</p><p>Assistant chief constable Dave Thompson, who ran security operations for the conference, thanked the city for its support and acknowledged the various staged protests as contributing to Manchester's political vibrancy.</p><p>In other news, David Cameron has made a keynote speech to delegates at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.<br/><img alt="ADNFCR-1753-ID-18808607-ADNFCR" src="" /></p>