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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Liverpool leaders attempt to withdraw licence from Wavertree club that hosted BNP conference

BNP meeting at the Cricketers Club,Sandown Lane,Wavertree. Liverpool Antifascists including Cllr Joe Anderson(leader of Liverpool City Council)2nd right, demonstrating against the BNP outside the Cricketers Club.

CITY leaders are attempting to have a Liverpool club’s licence revoked after it hosted the annual conference of the British National Party (BNP).
They are applying to licensing bosses to come down hard on the Cricketers Club in Wavertree after the October event, which prompted protests outside its Long Lane site.
Merseyside Police are also bidding to have the licence curbed on the basis of incidents of alleged under-age drinking and assault in the premises.
But the club denied the underage drinking allegations, while the BNP accused city bosses and the police of a “sinister” witch-hunt.
The club’s spokesman said he had not been aware it was the far-right extremist group who had booked the venue – for around £1,000 – until a week before, and it had been booked in the name of a “private individual”.
A copy of the booking request form, obtained by the ECHO, was signed in the name of party leader Nick Griffin six weeks before the event.

The ECHO has also obtained photographic evidence that the BNP has held other meetings at the clubhouse, but the club said it did not receive payment for those.
Wavertree Cllr Jake Morrison, who is leading the campaign to see the venue stripped of its licence, said: “I think the licence should be removed altogether. It’s clear from the 45 residents who have also objected to the licence that they’re terribly unhappy to have the BNP in the area.”
Council leader Cllr Joe Anderson, who joined the protests outside the venue for the two-day conference, has also submitted an objection to the renewal, writing that by hosting the BNP the club had “caused a potentially dangerous situation to develop with no regard for the community in which their pub is based

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