Third time not so lucky as trio of Bedford venues cancel Katie Hopkins’ gig

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Controversial performer Katie Hopkins promoting her live show, Live Laugh Love
Three venues have now cancelled the performance of Live Laugh Love.

A third prospective venue for a show by the controversial public figure Katie Hopkins has pulled the plug on the event, citing fear of demonstrations by protesters outside the club.

After cancellations by Bedford Corn Exchange and the Greene King-owned pub, the George and Dragon, the North End Social Club on Roff Avenue has become the latest venue in Bedford to refuse to host the controversial speaker.

Announcing the cancellation to all 125 ticket holders, Ms Hopkins alleged that the venue had “made the decision after coming under pressure from Bedford Council [sic]”.

However, a spokesperson for the venue says that no one at the club has been in any contact with the council on the matter and strongly refuted the claim.

Asked if there had been a conversation with Ms Hopkins’ agent during which the council was mentioned, the spokesperson said: “Absolutely not.”

Instead, they said it was due to finding out that organisers would not be revealing the venue until the last moment which gave them cause for concern.

“It was a decision made by the committee after seeing protests outside the show in Swansea. We did not want any distress caused to our regular members, so it was concerning when we read that the location would only be revealed at the last minute to avoid harassment.

“The last thing we’d want is for harassment or protesters or police turning up to our small members’ club.”

The spokesperson, who said they didn’t know who Katie Hopkins was, said they’d never had to cancel an event before.

Bedford Borough Council also confirmed that they had not been in contact with the club.

When the Bedford Independent emailed Katie for a comment, she reiterated the statement, replying: “Thanks, hun. You would have to contact the venue to confirm.

“Venue told us the secretary to the committee had come under pressure from council [sic].”

Undeterred, Eddie Adams, who has been campaigning for Katie Hopkins to perform in Bedford, has posted on Facebook, calling on the newly-elected mayor, Tom Wootton, to repeal the decision to let her perform at the Corn Exchange.

The Bedford Independent contacted Mayor Wootton and Bedford Borough Council for a response.

A spokesperson for Bedford Borough Council said: “We were not aware of and have not sought to influence North End Social Club’s plans to host the event in question.

“Any suggestion to the contrary is untrue.”