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York Lib Dem conference cancelled over coronavirus concern

The Liberal Democrats spring conference, due to take place at the York Barbican this weekend, has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak, it's been announced.

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The party says it's has not taken the decision lightly but believes it is that the best thing for members and the country.

In a statement it said: "Conference plays a key role in our democratic party as well as being an important training and information exchange event. However, the health of our members and supporters, the staff who work on conference and the wider public is far more important."

The party says it's noted the announcement by the World Health Organisation treating coronavirus as a pandemic and calling for "urgent and aggressive action", and also how other organisations have started cancelling events.

It adds: "We have also paid close attention to NHS advice and note some of the advice, such as keeping distant from ill people is hard to follow, given a conference involves strangers sitting close to each other."

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