MPs and members of the House of Lords will learn what Birmingham has to offer when an all-day exhibition is held in the historic Palace of Westminster on October 22.
City leaders from industry, education, medicine and politics have joined forces to organise “Birmingham Day”. One of the aims of the event is to surprise politicians and Westminster journalists by showing them that there is more to Birmingham than they know. Exhibition stands will highlight groundbreaking technology used by University Hospital Birmingham, Cadbury’s product development techniques, Birmingham’s sporting heritage and more.
The University of Birmingham will showcase its role developing “liquid air” technology, which experts say could play a critical role in Britain’s low carbon energy future and create thousands of jobs.
MP Gisela Stuart (Lab Edgbaston) has led organisation of the cross-party event. She said: “It is a chance to show people a side of Birmingham they may not know about.
“The last time the Westminster bubble came to Birmingham was for a party conference, and even they they may not get to see very much of the city. So we are going to show them what Birmingham is all about.
“It’s also a chance for key people and organisations in the city to speak to each other. We are such a large and diverse city that we don’t always get the chance to do that.”
She wanted to promote it not as the “second city” but as its first.
“London is not really comparable because of its size and its unique role. What I am saying is that you have the capital and you have the great cities, and Birmingham is the first city.”