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Last updated: Saturday, 03 October, 2020, 08:45

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Conservative HQ for city

The Conservative Party is set to open a new headquarters in Leeds, it has been revealed, with the aim of being “at the heart of the blue wall”.

Party co-chairman Amanda Milling will unveil the plans at the Conservative Party Conference on Saturday, with the new Yorkshire base set to open next year.

Ms Milling, who worked in Leeds before she became an MP, will open the conference and is expected to say: “We are determined to show our commitment to the blue wall seats.

“That’s why I am thrilled to announce that CCHQ will be opening a headquarters in Leeds.

“This new headquarters will provide the party with a base at the heart of the blue wall. Because we’re in it for the long haul.

“We’re determined to make the blue wall part of the fabric of our Party and our country. The best way we can deliver for people there is to be there.”

The Tories won more than 40 seats in the Midlands and the North at the December General Election as Labour’s so-called ‘red wall’ of constituencies crumbled. In a bid to cement these gains, plans were put in place to open up a new campaign headquarters outside London.

Campaign headquarters are used for targeting voters and seats, drawing up shortlists for elections, and finalising candidates, and it handles all campaigning for the party.

Conservatives to open new campaign headquarters in Leeds

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