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

This article contains affiliate links. We may earn a small commission on items purchased through this article, but that does not affect our editorial judgement.

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

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.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

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.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

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.

A message from the editor:

Thank you for reading. BirminghamWorld is Birmingham’s latest news website, championing everything that is great about our city - reporting on news, lifestyle and sport. We want to start a community among our readers, so please follow us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, and keep the conversation going.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.