"I am proud that it will be the Liberal Democrats who will hold the first political conference of this scale in Sheffield", says Nick Clegg.
The Liberal Democrats are to hold their national Spring Conference, in March 2011, at Sheffield City Hall. It will be the first time that Sheffield has played host to such a high calibre national conference of this size and nature and the announcement is being greeted as excellent news for the city and the region.
Approximately 1,500 delegates, are expected to attend the event, which will run from 11th – 13th March, with Sheffield City Hall as the main conference venue. Whilst Mercure St Paul’s will be the HQ hotel, many more of the city’s hotels, as well as restaurants, bars and shops, will gain significant business from the conference; the total value to the local economy is predicted to be in excess of £1 million.
Liberal Democrat Leader and local Sheffield MP Nick Clegg said:
"I am proud that it will be the Liberal Democrats who will hold the first political conference of this scale in Sheffield.
Sheffield City Hall is a fantastic venue and I know my colleagues will also enjoy discovering the wonderful shops, bars and restaurants in the city.
I am really looking forward to welcoming my Liberal Democrat colleagues to South Yorkshire. They always hear me extolling the virtues of Sheffield, soon they won’t have to just take my word for it.”
Cllr Paul Scriven Liberal Democrat Leader of Sheffield City Council, added: “This is fantastic news for Sheffield regardless of which political party you support. The conference will provide an immediate boost to our local economy. However, holding an event of this size will undoubtedly boost Sheffield’s profile as a conference venue and attract more and more business to Sheffield.”