Conservative Party Conference (UK)

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Conservative Party Conference held in Manchester at the Central Convention Complex in 2011

The Conservative Party Conference (CPC) is a four-day national conference event held by the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom. It takes place every year around October during the British party conference season, when the House of Commons is in recess.

The event, which consists of fringe events, receptions and speeches, gives Conservative party members, the press and the public a chance to learn about the party's ideas and policies for the year ahead.[1] The focal event is the leaders speech which is given by the incumbent Leader of the Conservative Party at the end of conference.

In some special circumstances the leader will make a speech at the opening of conference. At the Conservative Party Conference 2016 in Birmingham, Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the opening day of the conference in her speech "Global Britain:Making a success of Brexit."

At the 2017 conference Theresa May suffered from a combination of a prankster handing her a P45, a hacking cough and the words on the set collapsing behind her.[2]

An exhibition area is also featured every year allowing businesses, organisations and Conservative Party affiliated organisations to promote their brands and messages from an exhibition stand throughout the conference period.[3] The Chairman of the Conservative Party Conference is always the current President of the National Conservative Convention, the parliament of the Voluntary Party.

The National Convention meets twice a year — its Annual General Meeting is usually held at Spring Forum, with another meeting usually held at the Party Conference.[4] Since 2017, the Democratic Unionist Party has hosted an annual reception at the conference, owing to the alliance between the two parties in Parliament.[5]

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  1. ^ Wilkinson, Michael (31 August 2016). "What will happen at the Tory Party Conference? Everything you need to know". Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via
  2. ^ Belam, Martin (4 October 2017). "The cough, the P45, the falling F: Theresa May's speech calamity". Retrieved 25 May 2019 – via
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  4. ^ "Party Structure and Organisation". Conservative Party. Retrieved 2016-11-16.
  5. ^ "Big question of the Tory conference: where are the youth?". Irish Times. 6 October 2017.

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