Boris Johnson criticised for lack of support in saving London’s 100 Club

A campaign has been launched to stop the venue form closing

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[b]London[/b] mayor [b]Boris Johnson[/b] was jeered as a quote from his office was read out at the launch party for the Save The 100 Club campaign in [b]London[/b] last night (November 3).

Although [b]Johnson[/b] did not attend the event, in aid of the legendary jazz and punk club’s possible closure, a statement on behalf of his [b]Strategy Culture Team[/b] was read out by music critic [b]David Quantick[/b].

As [b]Quantick[/b] introduced it, members of the audience at [b]The Gibson Rooms[/b] jeered its lack of effective measures, with some hecklers labelling [b]Johnson[/b] as a “wanker”.

The [b]100 Club[/b] faces being closed down to spiralling rental costs, a point which the statement made reference to.

“The mayor understands the importance of the [b]100 Club[/b] in providing a platform for emerging talent and established artists from across the genres,” the statement began, before going on to call the [b]100 Club[/b] “an essential part of [b]London[/b]’s post-war music scene with its own remarkable story”.

However, it ended by saying: “Unfortunately, the [b]Greater London Authority[/b] has no statutory powers to intervene in commercial rental costs.”

Following the statement, [b]Quantick[/b] joked that it was “a big wave of support there from [b]Boris Johnson[/b]”.

The host also read out a statement from former [b]London[/b] mayor [b]Ken Livingstone[/b], who is [b]Labour[/b]’s mayoral candidate for the 2012 election. In it, [b]Livingstone[/b] said he supports the campaign “completely” and has “drawn up proposals to protect such venues through planning law”.

Others who provided support to the campaign by way of written statements include [b]Alan McGee[/b] and [b]Primal Scream[/b] frontman [b]Bobby Gillespie[/b], who called the [b]100 Club[/b] “the best room in [b]London[/b]”.

See Savethe100club.co.uk for more information about the campaign.

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