The Best Western Grand hotel in Hartlepool was the planned venue for an event organised by former UKIP leadership candidate Anne-Marie Waters for far-right group ‘For Britain’.
The event attracted negative publicity after anti-fascism activists and the north-east branch of the National Shop Stewards’ Network (NSSN) drew attention to it on social media. The UK arm of the hotel chain was keen to distance itself from the event and the organisation:
By this evening, the hotel had cancelled the event and informed the organisers.
A spokesperson for the Grand confirmed that the hotel had cancelled the booking but did not wish to comment on the record except to state that it judges such events on a case by case basis and had received a number of complaints about this one.
Hartlepool voted heavily in favour of Brexit and has previously been considered something of a UKIP stronghold. Former UKIP leader Paul Nuttall chose the town as the venue for his announcement that he would contest the Boston and Skegness seat in the General Election. He lost badly, coming a distant third, and subsequently resigned.
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