What The Papers Say: Blackpool’s pleasures wear thin for Labour

Michael Grade’s First Leisure Corporation bore the brunt of the blame for Labour’s decision to forsake Blackpool in favour of Britain’s southern shores for future Party conferences. Lack of investment in the Winter Gardens, coupled with high prices and ’shabby hotels’, meant that Brighton and Bournemouth have signed up New Labour - for the next few years at least. Most of the traditional Tory press found a defender of Blackpool’s honour - Norman Tebbit (Mail on Sunday), Lucinda Lampton (Daily Telegraph), and even Paul Routledge (Independent).

Michael Grade’s First Leisure Corporation bore the brunt of the

blame for Labour’s decision to forsake Blackpool in favour of Britain’s

southern shores for future Party conferences. Lack of investment in the

Winter Gardens, coupled with high prices and ’shabby hotels’, meant that

Brighton and Bournemouth have signed up New Labour - for the next few

years at least. Most of the traditional Tory press found a defender of

Blackpool’s honour - Norman Tebbit (Mail on Sunday), Lucinda Lampton

(Daily Telegraph), and even Paul Routledge (Independent).



However, there was ample evidence that it was Blackpool’s failure to

move with the times, as much as its lack of proximity to London, that

caused party leaders to head south. Champagne socialists were accused of

hypocrisy for turning their backs on Blackpool because it had failed to

modernise and move up-market. Blair’s babes, more used to mozzarella and

chablis had better beware the burghers of Blackpool for their final

visit next October.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by The

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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