Birmingham hotels and restaurants fully booked for Tory conference
Birmingham’s hotels and restaurants are fully booked for the Conservative Party Conference.
The four-day event will see 14,000 party members, thousands of lobbyists and campaigners, and 2,000 journalists in and around the ICC in Broad Street.
Ian Taylor, of Marketing Birmingham, said: “You have not been able to book a hotel room for some time now. They are 100 per cent booked between Sunday and Tuesday.
“You cannot reserve a table at any restaurant in the city centre.”
Last year Marketing Birmingham took a stand at the Conservative conference in Manchester and began the push, taking half-a-million pounds worth of hotel reservations.
“Birmingham has proved once again we can host big events, after the 2008 Tory conference and Rotary International last year we have the experience and that gives us the competitive advantage,” he added.
As well as the main conference there are 450 fringe events at various hotels, bars, offices and restaurants.
There will also be a protest against the Government’s austerity measures, by the trade union-backed Right to Work campaign starting in Lionel Street at noon on Sunday.
The campaigners have been told that they will not be able to march along Broad Street next the ICC as the area is a secure zone.
They say it is the first time they have been refused permission to march in front of a Government party conference but have reluctantly accepted the police route.
Chf Supt Dave Sturman, in charge of policing for the conference, said that police are walking a fine line between protecting the Prime Minister David Cameron and ensuring people’s democratic right to protest.
He said: “The Prime Minister always brings a major security presence. But we will not go beyond what is absolutely necessary. Our priority, however, has to be public safety.”
He added that he has worked closely on security with the Counter Terrorism Unit and Metropolitan Police, who are in charge of protecting Prime Minister David Cameron.