The Liberal Democrats “are set to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds” after canceling their autumn conference over the Queen’s death.
Nick da Costa, chairman of the party’s federal conference committee, said the Lib Dems “want to and must pay our respects to the Queen and the time of national mourning”.
He added the party was considering other options – including postponing it by a few weeks – but decided to cancel the event, noting they would suffer a “significant financial hit” and “this will not be easy to handle”.
The Brighton conference was due to start on September 17 and run until September 20, with the Queen’s funeral scheduled for September 19.
Mr da Costa said in an email update: “The sad news of the past few days has deeply affected our nation. And we now know that the Queen’s funeral will take place on the Monday of our conference.
“After very careful consideration – and after probing from as many people as possible – the conference committee and national executive board have regrettably decided to cancel our fall conference and postpone important debates until spring.”
Mr da Costa said the party was considering extending the conference to postpone a few weeks or moving it online but had opted to cancel it, adding: “The conference is an important part of our budget and we are will lose hundreds of thousands of pounds as a result of cancellation in lost income. (Event insurance policies do not cover the death of a monarch.)
“At this point, many of our supplier contracts are inevitable. This means that our party will suffer significant financial damage as a result of the conference being cancelled. Our finances are already very tight and as such it will not be easy to deal with.”
A spokesman for Lib Dem said: “As we mourn the loss of the Queen, we extend our condolences to the King and the Royal Family.
“Given the date of the funeral and the time of national mourning, we have made the decision to cancel our fall convention. We look forward to welcoming members to our next conference.”
The Labor Party conference is scheduled to take place in Liverpool on September 25-28, while the Conservatives are in Birmingham on October 2-5.
The London to Brighton Cycle takes place today.
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