Tonight’s Birmingham Mail is reporting that a £2m subsidy has almost certainly won the 2008 Conservative Party Conference for Birmingham. Birmingham City Council – run by a Tory-LibDem coalition – apparently calculate
that the wooing of the Tory conference will generate £25m for the local economy.
Birmingham replaces Bournemouth after Francis Maude’s fury at last year’s passes scandal. The party will see the decision as part of its commitment to a region with lots of crucial marginal seats.
Conference-goers will probably pay a premium for the decision. Accommodation costs in city locations tend to be higher than in seaside resorts.
8.30am update on 31/1: I am reliably informed that the monument pictured above was destroyed by fire a few years ago. It has not been missed by anyone but a few of the Labour ideologues that erected it when they ran Britain’s second city.