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MP said party venue was too dear
Bob Laxton - Derby North MP
Brighton was too expensive for Derby North MP Bob Laxton
A Derby MP is unrepentant at his decision to boycott the Labour Party conference because of expense.

Derby North's Bob Laxton said the Brighton venue was too expensive, even for MPs.

He was quoted 850 to share an apartment in the city for a week.

He said: "My wife and I could go away and have a fortnight's holiday in the sun for the amount of money I was going to spend for four days in Brighton."

He has spent the week dealing with constituency business as normal, and watching the conference on TV.

The event will be held in Manchester next year - nearer to Derby.

But he said: "Derby would not be able to (host it) - there is not the accommodation close enough to enable people to easily get into the conference every day."

'Look in advance'

Other East Midland delegates said they were prepared to pay.

Bob Glover, from Gedling, Notts, said: "It is a very expensive part of the country and some of the accommodation is pricey.

"But we have managed it very well. If you look around in advance, you can get very reasonably priced accommodation."

Andy Furlong, from Bosworth, Leics, said he preferred Brighton to Blackpool as it was compact.

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