Amanda Milling and Ben Elliott have written to Party members as follows:
“Following discussions with our partners we have decided that the Conservative Party will host a Virtual Conference and move most of our conference in October online.
We are excited to be working with our partners and suppliers to produce the Virtual Conference and will provide further details shortly, with the full agenda going live in early September.
The Virtual Conference will provide a fantastic opportunity for members to share ideas and hear from voices across the Party.
Party Conference is a highlight of the political calendar and we know many people will be disappointed if they can’t attend Conference in person.
Whilst we hope we will be able to host some aspects in the physical format, we would only do so if allowed by government guidelines and following the strictest safety guidelines.
Members who have already purchased passes to attend the Conference will receive an email with instructions in due course.”
It isn’t clear as we write what the virtual gateway to the virtual venue will be, what the Party will charge its members for entering, or as above what the programme will be.
As readers will see, CCHQ isn’t ruling out elements of a physical conference in some form. More on ConservativeHome tomorrow.