Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference providing a big boost for York hotels

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

HOTELS in York are filling up ahead of a political conference which is set to boost the city’s economy by more than £600,000.

The Liberal Democrats’ Spring Conference will be held at the Barbican between March 7 and 9, with 1,400 delegates and a huge media pack attending along with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg – the party’s leader - York-born business secretary Vince Cable and other senior political figures.

Visit York – whose conference arm, VisitYork4Meetings, secured the event – said the Novotel, the Lib Dem HQ during the conference, was fully booked, while the Hilton, one of the venues for fringe events, was almost booked up.

Other hotels, B&Bs, guest houses and self-catering businesses have also reported high demand for accommodation and bookings are coming in “on a steady basis”, with those nearest the Barbican filling up first.

Many delegates are understood to be bringing their partners and families, and the conference, being held in York for the first time, has been a major coup for the city’s business tourism sector.

Visit York’s head Kate McMullen said: “We’re delighted the Liberal Democrat Party is holding its prestigious spring conference in York. We look forward to welcoming the 1,400 delegates, senior politicians – including the Deputy Prime Minster – and the UK media. It will be an important opportunity for us to showcase the city as a superb meeting place for conferences and events.”

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10:01am Wed 12 Feb 14

Zetkin says...

Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories.

As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome.

Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.
Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am. Zetkin
  • Score: 1

10:12am Wed 12 Feb 14

tonyfromitaly says...

Wonder how many will get fined for crossing the Bridge of sighs.
Wonder how many will get fined for crossing the Bridge of sighs. tonyfromitaly
  • Score: -5

10:40am Wed 12 Feb 14

YorkPatrol says...

Zetkin wrote:
Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.
Don't waste your time - pointless and won't change a thing. Go to the pub instead..

"Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories" ......Same for all parties and their jolly conferences.... I would'nt call the Barbican breaking the bank though...
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.[/p][/quote]Don't waste your time - pointless and won't change a thing. Go to the pub instead.. "Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories" ......Same for all parties and their jolly conferences.... I would'nt call the Barbican breaking the bank though... YorkPatrol
  • Score: 2

10:49am Wed 12 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

I'll be there Zetkin.
I'll be there Zetkin. MouseHouse
  • Score: 0

10:50am Wed 12 Feb 14

Zetkin says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Zetkin wrote: Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.
Don't waste your time - pointless and won't change a thing. Go to the pub instead.. "Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories" ......Same for all parties and their jolly conferences.... I would'nt call the Barbican breaking the bank though...
It will change something - everyone who attends will feel that little bit more confident about taking on both Tory parties, and the Second XI will be left in no doubt how unpopular they are, ahead of their decimation in European and general elections.

As for the pub, it's not either/or, thanks, I'm quite capable of doing both ;-)
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.[/p][/quote]Don't waste your time - pointless and won't change a thing. Go to the pub instead.. "Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories" ......Same for all parties and their jolly conferences.... I would'nt call the Barbican breaking the bank though...[/p][/quote]It will change something - everyone who attends will feel that little bit more confident about taking on both Tory parties, and the Second XI will be left in no doubt how unpopular they are, ahead of their decimation in European and general elections. As for the pub, it's not either/or, thanks, I'm quite capable of doing both ;-) Zetkin
  • Score: 2

11:19am Wed 12 Feb 14

Some old bloke says...

Bad planning by Vince. A week earlier or later and he could have skived off the conference to watch York City F.C. at home.
Bad planning by Vince. A week earlier or later and he could have skived off the conference to watch York City F.C. at home. Some old bloke
  • Score: 11

11:40am Wed 12 Feb 14

Oaklands Resident says...

If it brings money into the York economy that's great.

More jobs, more prosperity for residents (and when we get rid of the Labour Council) better public services.

So lets see Labour, Tories, TUC etc do the same?
If it brings money into the York economy that's great. More jobs, more prosperity for residents (and when we get rid of the Labour Council) better public services. So lets see Labour, Tories, TUC etc do the same? Oaklands Resident
  • Score: 4

11:52am Wed 12 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

Oaklands Resident wrote:
If it brings money into the York economy that's great. More jobs, more prosperity for residents (and when we get rid of the Labour Council) better public services. So lets see Labour, Tories, TUC etc do the same?
If you've tried to get around Manchester when either of the big two parties are in town you'll know it's a nightmare. Traffic is bad enough in York as it is, it wouldn't move for security if the Tories or Labour turned up. The Lib Dems don't have the numbers and although Clegg and Co will have securirty measures in place the smaller numbers won't make York grind to a stop.
[quote][p][bold]Oaklands Resident[/bold] wrote: If it brings money into the York economy that's great. More jobs, more prosperity for residents (and when we get rid of the Labour Council) better public services. So lets see Labour, Tories, TUC etc do the same?[/p][/quote]If you've tried to get around Manchester when either of the big two parties are in town you'll know it's a nightmare. Traffic is bad enough in York as it is, it wouldn't move for security if the Tories or Labour turned up. The Lib Dems don't have the numbers and although Clegg and Co will have securirty measures in place the smaller numbers won't make York grind to a stop. MouseHouse
  • Score: 4

12:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

YorkPatrol says...

Zetkin wrote:
YorkPatrol wrote:
Zetkin wrote: Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.
Don't waste your time - pointless and won't change a thing. Go to the pub instead.. "Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories" ......Same for all parties and their jolly conferences.... I would'nt call the Barbican breaking the bank though...
It will change something - everyone who attends will feel that little bit more confident about taking on both Tory parties, and the Second XI will be left in no doubt how unpopular they are, ahead of their decimation in European and general elections. As for the pub, it's not either/or, thanks, I'm quite capable of doing both ;-)
Don't kid yourself... I reiterate, it's a waste of time - mines a pint
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.[/p][/quote]Don't waste your time - pointless and won't change a thing. Go to the pub instead.. "Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories" ......Same for all parties and their jolly conferences.... I would'nt call the Barbican breaking the bank though...[/p][/quote]It will change something - everyone who attends will feel that little bit more confident about taking on both Tory parties, and the Second XI will be left in no doubt how unpopular they are, ahead of their decimation in European and general elections. As for the pub, it's not either/or, thanks, I'm quite capable of doing both ;-)[/p][/quote]Don't kid yourself... I reiterate, it's a waste of time - mines a pint YorkPatrol
  • Score: -1

1:59pm Wed 12 Feb 14

asd says...

YorkPatrol wrote:
Zetkin wrote:
YorkPatrol wrote:
Zetkin wrote: Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.
Don't waste your time - pointless and won't change a thing. Go to the pub instead.. "Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories" ......Same for all parties and their jolly conferences.... I would'nt call the Barbican breaking the bank though...
It will change something - everyone who attends will feel that little bit more confident about taking on both Tory parties, and the Second XI will be left in no doubt how unpopular they are, ahead of their decimation in European and general elections. As for the pub, it's not either/or, thanks, I'm quite capable of doing both ;-)
Don't kid yourself... I reiterate, it's a waste of time - mines a pint
That's the reason this country is going to the wall. It is the wont do anything lethargic attitude. Maybe its the brainwashing of governments and media that says its wrong to demonstrate and you have to abide by these people who where never ever voted in, I cant remember the coalition on my ballot paper?
[quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YorkPatrol[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories. As for myself I'm looking forward to the regional TUC's demo on Saturday March 8th - everyone who hates the coalition is welcome. Assemble Clifford's Tower 11.00am.[/p][/quote]Don't waste your time - pointless and won't change a thing. Go to the pub instead.. "Seems money is no object for the Yellow Tories" ......Same for all parties and their jolly conferences.... I would'nt call the Barbican breaking the bank though...[/p][/quote]It will change something - everyone who attends will feel that little bit more confident about taking on both Tory parties, and the Second XI will be left in no doubt how unpopular they are, ahead of their decimation in European and general elections. As for the pub, it's not either/or, thanks, I'm quite capable of doing both ;-)[/p][/quote]Don't kid yourself... I reiterate, it's a waste of time - mines a pint[/p][/quote]That's the reason this country is going to the wall. It is the wont do anything lethargic attitude. Maybe its the brainwashing of governments and media that says its wrong to demonstrate and you have to abide by these people who where never ever voted in, I cant remember the coalition on my ballot paper? asd
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

browbeaten says...

All these political bun fights are fine and dandy for business but why do council tax payers have to pay for the events to be policed ? Certainly doesnt happen anymore at sporting events. The political parties do not contribute a penny. This in modern day britain is an outrageous state of affairs that must end.
All these political bun fights are fine and dandy for business but why do council tax payers have to pay for the events to be policed ? Certainly doesnt happen anymore at sporting events. The political parties do not contribute a penny. This in modern day britain is an outrageous state of affairs that must end. browbeaten
  • Score: 4

5:20pm Wed 12 Feb 14

meme says...

Good boost in terms of PR for York as well as lots of money into Cities coffers
Good boost in terms of PR for York as well as lots of money into Cities coffers meme
  • Score: 4

5:26pm Wed 12 Feb 14

meme says...

Zetkin
I wont be there as frankly despite some of the issues that 'austerity' has caused without it UK Plc would be bust thanks to labour and I would never trust them again to be able to balance the books properly
Labour tried to buy votes by throwing money around we didn't have and nearly destroyed the economy in the process
I have little allegiance to any party BUT the coalition has staved off, for now AT LEAST what could have thrown us into a major depression.
Anyone who believes they got it wrong is seriously deluded if they believe Labour had learnt by their mistakes.
I will never forgive the note left by one of the outgoing labour politicians saying 'good luck there is no money left' It just shows what they cared for us as citizens
Zetkin I wont be there as frankly despite some of the issues that 'austerity' has caused without it UK Plc would be bust thanks to labour and I would never trust them again to be able to balance the books properly Labour tried to buy votes by throwing money around we didn't have and nearly destroyed the economy in the process I have little allegiance to any party BUT the coalition has staved off, for now AT LEAST what could have thrown us into a major depression. Anyone who believes they got it wrong [and I accept its not all perfect by a long chalk] is seriously deluded if they believe Labour had learnt by their mistakes. I will never forgive the note left by one of the outgoing labour politicians [after they lost the election] saying 'good luck there is no money left' It just shows what they cared for us as citizens meme
  • Score: -9

7:10pm Wed 12 Feb 14

marvell says...

For all the usual moaners bleating on - every political party has a spring conference - so why shouldn't York benefit rather than say Harrogate.

It's welcome income for pubs, restaurants, hotels and shops and if they're going to spend £600, 000 then I'd far rather they spend it in our city than anywhere else...
For all the usual moaners bleating on - every political party has a spring conference - so why shouldn't York benefit rather than say Harrogate. It's welcome income for pubs, restaurants, hotels and shops and if they're going to spend £600, 000 then I'd far rather they spend it in our city than anywhere else... marvell
  • Score: 8

12:54pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Vine Weevil says...

A clapped out party from the 1980's in a clapped out building from the 1980's.
The Barbican is a carbuncle on the face of York and the Lib Dems a melanoma on the face of Britain. The sooner both are consigned to history the better.
A clapped out party from the 1980's in a clapped out building from the 1980's. The Barbican is a carbuncle on the face of York and the Lib Dems a melanoma on the face of Britain. The sooner both are consigned to history the better. Vine Weevil
  • Score: 0

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