Conservative Party Conference ‘on lockdown’ due to ‘unknown incident’ - what we know so far

West Midlands Police issued a statement about an ‘unknown incident’ at the ICC on Broad Street in Birmingham city centre

The Conservative Party Conference was put ‘on lockdown’ due to an ‘unknown incident’.

West Midlands Police announced on Monday October 3 that they had temporarily restricted access to and from the International Conference Centre in Birmingham on what is the second day of the Conservative Party Conference 2022.

This is due to a “potential security risk” which police have identified at the conference which is being attended by hundreds of party delegates members of parliament.

By 5pm the lockdown had been lifted with West Midlands Police updating saying: “Security restrictions at the ICC @thenecgroup have been lifted following a potential security alert. Delegates and visitors are now able to leave the centre #CPC22 We would like to thank everyone for their patience.”

Conservative Party Conference at the ICC ‘on lockdown'Conservative Party Conference at the ICC ‘on lockdown'
Conservative Party Conference at the ICC ‘on lockdown'

West Midlands Police posted on Twitter informing followers of the situation at the ICC at 4.01pm.

They said: “Due to a potential security alert we have temporarily restricted access to and from the ICC. Further updates to follow #CPC22.”

The alert was reported shortly before Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng was due to address the annual conference. He was expected to give a speech at 4pm having earlier announced he would be scrapping his intention to drop the 45p tax rate.

The Conservative Party had not commented at the time of writing.

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