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Autumn Conference again cut to four days

If you are booking your accommodation for Federal Conference in Bournemouth, there is some news from the Federal Conference Committee that you should be aware of. Its vice-chair, Zoe O’Connell, tweeted today:

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Opinion: Welcome to Bournemouth – eventually

Photo by https://www.flickr.com/photos/artimagesmarkcummins/ Bournemouth Summers Eve'At last our party will have a proper seaside conference again in 2015. Bournemouth is the ideal spot for it.

The town has a remarkable story; from almost nil population in the present town centre area in 1810 it has grown to 180,000 today. It first developed as a place where the wealthy came to spend the winter.

Some would say that the rot set in with the arrival of the railway in 1870.

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Liberal Democrat Conference to return to Bournemouth in 2015 – share your memories of the town

Bournemouth West Beach 3 Nikon D3100.  DSC_0259Yesterday, it was announced that next year’s Liberal Democrat Autumn conference would be returning to Bourmemouth for the first time since 2008.

This’ll be a big first for me as I have never managed to get to a Conference there.

So, I’m relying on you all to tell me what the place is like and to share some of your memories of Conferences there.

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Opinion: Vote for Fairer Votes to End Safe Seats

I grew up in Bournemouth, a bucolic place beside the sea where very little disturbs the peace. For over a century, Bournemouth’s politics at parliamentary level have been as sedate. In every election since Queen Victoria was on the throne, the same party has won. A candidate dons a blue rosette, shows up and becomes the MP. Whilst the Liberal Democrats have valiantly tried their best in recent elections, the two Bournemouth constituencies are like many places across the country where General elections do not really matter, where elections are a foregone conclusion, places where real power lies in the …

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Bournemouth getting ready to welcome #ldconf

A piece in the Bournemouth Echo underlines just how important party conferences are to the resort’s economy – and just how huge an event conference is, even for the smallest of the three main parties:

It is estimated the event could boost the resort economy by £6.5 million, as delegates spend money in hotels, bars, restaurants and shops.

“That’s really working on the basis of about 6,000 delegates staying for an average of four nights,” said Peter Gunn, director of the BIC and Pavilion.

A few seconds with a calculator and those figures suggests delegates will be spending an average of £270 …

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