Fears that £ 30million could be wiped out of Manchester’s economy if the Tories conference is called off next week


Fears have been expressed that the Conservative Party’s conference in Manchester next week will be postponed or canceled following the Supreme Court ruling that prorogation of Parliament was ‘illegal’ yesterday.

While Tory Party Chairman James Cleverly has insisted he will continue, Jeremy Corbyn has said he will try to defeat him – and government sources have admitted to MEN that no one is sure yet if that is will occur or in what form.

A spokesperson for Marketing Manchester confirmed that the conference brought in around £ 32million to the city’s economy, especially the hotel trade in the city center.

A Labor MP said members of Greater Manchester were “reluctant” to vote to block the Tory conference as a result.

The conference is set to kick off at Manchester Central on Sunday, in a four-day event that draws thousands of delegates to hotels, bars, shops and restaurants across the city.



Conservative conference in Manchester two years ago

However, as a result of yesterday’s judgment, MPs have been recalled to the House of Commons and a vote will likely be required tomorrow to allow a short break for the Conservative conference to take place.

Asked about it on the BBC’s Today show, Jeremy Corbyn said: “I don’t see why Boris Johnson and his team could shirk responsibility once again.”

But one MP said the Labor Party’s position was still being worked out, while several suggested that even if Labor decided to stop it, the Tories could operate a small team in Westminster while most MPs would travel to Manchester.

A government source said they are still working on the basis that this is happening, although it might not be on the same scale as usual.

“I think the conference will continue, but I don’t know what it will look like,” they said, adding, “Your guess is as good as mine.”

They also admitted that if the government attempts a skeletal presence in London while MPs are in Manchester, opposition members could potentially try to take control of parliamentary business, as they have previously done on parliamentary issues. Brexit.



The Midland Hotel, one of the many venues to prepare for the Conservative Conference

Manchester Council chief Sir Richard Leese said there would be a real impact on the city’s economy if the conference did not take place.

“The downtown businesses, for example, have pre-ordered food for people, and if that doesn’t happen, they are the ones who are affected, not the conservatives,” he said.

“I think there will be a lot of businesses, especially in the downtown area, that are at risk of pretty big losses if the Conservative Party conference does not take place.”

Lib Dem council chief John Leech also raised his concerns, tweeting: “I totally agree with the Tories on every occasion, but I am concerned about the impact that canceling their conference will be on local business in Manchester.

“The Curatorial Conference is a huge source of income and many local businesses have placed additional orders, temporary staff, arrangements, etc.”

While it’s unclear exactly what will happen, Conservative Party Chairman James Cleverly has publicly insisted that this move forward.



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He wrote: ‘The Lib Dems used their conference to say they would revoke Article 50. Labor used theirs to decide not to decide their point of view on Brexit.

“We will use ours to lay out our positive vision for the country outside the EU.

“Of course # CPC19 is moving forward – I can’t wait to see you all in MCR.”

A vote to suspend the conference will likely take place tomorrow in the House of Commons.

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