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Scottish Conservatives postpone spring conference

The Scottish Conservatives have announced that the party’s spring conference has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was due to take place in Perth in mid-May, but will now be moved to later in the year.

The upcoming party convention this month has also been cancelled, and planned campaign days have been delayed until official public health advice changes.

Leader Jackson Carlaw said one option being considered by the party was to expand a planned one-day conference in the autumn into a longer event.

Scottish Conservative leader Jackson Carlaw said:

“It’s become clear we have no option but to postpone the party conference that was planned for May.

“The same goes for a party convention that was due to go ahead later in March.

“The wellbeing of our staff, party members and others who would have attended conference has to be paramount.

“We’re also aware that such a large scale event involving senior government ministers also requires the presence of emergency services, and that’s not what they need to be doing while this pandemic unfolds.

“The conference will take place at some point, and one option we’re considering is to extend a planned one day event due to go ahead in the autumn.

“We’ll be providing plenty of notice about that as and when the final decision is made.”

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