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Manchester hosts Tory conference
Conservative Party chairman Francis Maude
Francis Maude believes that Manchester is a dynamic city
The Conservative Party has decided to hold its main annual conferences - in 2009 and 2011 - in Manchester.

The city was described as "vibrant and exciting" by Tory Chairman Francis Maude, who said the party had enjoyed their 2006 Spring Forum in the city.

Event organisers at the Manchester Central complex are expecting to attract more than 10,000 party members.

This year's annual party conference will take place in Blackpool, followed by Birmingham in 2008 and 2010.

Mr Maude added: "Manchester is one of Europe's great cities which represents the dynamic face of modern Britain.

"The Conservative Party is looking forward to coming to Manchester and giving the city a great opportunity to showcase itself."

Welcoming the decision, the Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, said: "Major conferences are good news for Manchester because they bring visitors, investment, and support jobs for local people in local business."


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