London Irish Centre cancels Radfem conference booking

Radfem, a radical feminist group, has had its June 2013 conference booking at the London Irish Centre in Camden cancelled following alleged threats to centre staff.

Last year, London’s Conway Hall banned Radfem 2012 by citing that their exclusionary policy was at odds with UK legal obligations. Now the London Irish Centre has rejected the Radfem booking amid clashes over the organiser’s decision to bar men and male-to-female transsexuals from the event.

Opponents from men’s rights group MRA had expressed anger at the inclusion of extremist speakers at the Radfem 2013 conference, such as US radical feminist Cathy Brennan, owner of a now defunct website, Radical Hub, which featured calls for male eugenics.

Commercial Director at the London Irish Centre Neil Preston was quoted in the London Evening Standard newspaper as saying “We are not equipped to deal with this”.

Andy Thomas, from the MRA group, said: “Radfem’s people are extreme and what they say is extremely intimidating to men. We don’t want to shut conferences but we don’t think people should be able to say such things without a challenge”.

A spokesman for the Met, which had looked into the incident, said there had been no evidence of harassment.

The RadFem website claimed the centre had “acted unlawfully” in cancelling the booking and was insisting it would still hold the event at the venue.

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Paul Colston

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