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For the past two years, the Conservative Party’s annual conference has been free of champagne.You see, the party, often derided by critics as out-of-touch with ordinary people, wanted to make it clear that austerity was for everyone. They wanted to appear “humble”, conference chairman Eric Pickles said in 2009 (unfortunately the same year that David Cameron was spotted drinking champagne at the conference).
Last year a source explained the situation to The Telegraph:
“This can’t be seen as a champagne conference. We’re about to do the biggest cuts in a generation – can you imagine how bad it’ll look if it’s all pictures of grinning Tories knocking back champers? The message has been about getting down to business.”
Now, Bloomberg reports that that desire for humility may now be over. This year there was no champagne ban in the conference in Manchester.
And what’s more, the party is taking a portion of the profits from the bars at the Midlands Hotel, helping to raise the 1.85 million pounds ($2.85 million) revenue at the event.
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