Glasgow & West Scotland

Lib Dems switch conference to avoid Scots referendum clash

The Liberal Democrats have moved the date of their national conference in 2014 to avoid a clash with the Scottish independence referendum.

The event had been due to take place in Liverpool from 13 to 17 September.

It will now open on 4 October at Glasgow's SECC, after the Liverpool venue could not accommodate the change.

This means Glasgow will host the Liberal Democrats conference in 2013 and 2014. The independence referendum will be held on 18 September 2014.

The change means that in 2014 the Liberal Democrats will be the final of the three main party conferences, rather than first as has traditionally been the case.

'Clear endorsement'

Scottish Liberal Democrats leader Willie Rennie said: "Our federal party conference is the big event in the Liberal Democrat calendar and I am pleased that friends and colleagues from all over the country will join us again in Glasgow in 2014.

"Glasgow is a great city that showcases many of the things that are best about Scotland."

The news was also welcomed by Scott Taylor, chief executive of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

He said: "This announcement further strengthens Glasgow's reputation for delivering major national and international events and is a clear endorsement of the confidence that the meetings industry has in our city."

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