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Tories cancel party conference due to coronavirus pandemic and replace it with virtual version

Boris Johnson at last year's Tory conference - this year's will be online-only (PA)

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The Conservatives have followed other political parties in moving their annual conferences online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Chairman Amanda Milling said she still hopes “some aspects” will be able to go ahead in a “physical format”, but will only do so “if allowed by government guidelines and following the strictest safety guidelines”.

It had been due to take place in Birmingham between 4 and 7 October 4, but will be held virtually instead.

In an email to Tory members she said: “Due to the Coronavirus we have had to review how we could hold a traditional Conference in October this year. 

“The Party’s first priority is for the health and safety of members, delegates and attendees.

“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.”

Ms Milling added: “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.”

Labour have already cancelled its annual party conference, which was due to be held in Liverpool at the end of September, as have the Liberal Democrats.

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