Concern over gathering of Shoah deniers


The community Security Trust says it will talk to police about a gathering of neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers at a top London hotel earlier this month.

Around 110 people, including former members of the far-right British National Party and National Front, attended the meeting at the four-star Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria, which had been booked online using the name London Forum.

CST spokesman Dave Rich said: "We will raise it with the police. We don't know if they broke the law but it's clearly caused concern in the community, so it's worth talking to the police about."

The Metropolitan Police has said it believed the meeting, held on April 11, did not "reach the threshold for a criminal investigation".

According to a report in the Mail on Sunday, speakers expressed antisemitic views, with one appearing to call for a boycott of Jewish-owned shops and another declaring that "no task is more important than breaking the power" of the Jewish lobby.

A spokesperson for the hotel said the group posed as a historical society to book the room and that there was "no way" the nature of the event could have been identified.

He said: "If a group wants to meet to discuss something as unsavoury as Holocaust denial, we would decline that piece of business for our hotel. But if a group wants to meet and not tell us, there's nothing we can do."

The spokesman said hotel staff had received "horrible" abuse on social media after reports of the meeting had appeared in the press.

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