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The Lowry hotel cancels appearance by Holocaust denier David Icke

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 25/07/2017 Emily Heward

The Lowry hotel has cancelled an appearance by Holocaust denier David Icke after a torrent of complaints about his anti-Semitic views.

The former footballer turned controversial conspiracy theorist, who believes the world is being controlled by shape-shifting reptilian humanoids, was due to launch his latest book at the five-star Salford hotel at a dinner and Q&A event in November.

The as-yet-untitled book follows highly inflammatory writings including And The Truth Shall Set You Free, in which he claims Jews financed Hitler to power and orchestrated both the First and Second World Wars.

He had also openly endorsed The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the anti-Semitic forgery that was used by the Nazis as propaganda against Jewish people.

The hotel came under fire on Twitter for giving him a forum before cancelling the event this morning.

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A spokesman stressed that the event was an outside booking which the hotel had not been promoting or selling tickets for.

"The Lowry Hotel has cancelled the David Icke event which was booked at the hotel," he said.

"This booking was taken without full knowledge of his highly controversial views and as soon as it came to our attention we subsequently cancelled the event.”

The North West Friends of Israel group was among those to have condemned the ‘disgusting’ event and welcomed The Lowry’s decision to cancel it today.

Co-chair Raphi Bloom said: “David Icke is a notorious Holocaust denier. He also peddles anti Semitic tropes such as the 'Jews control the world' and as such no venue in Manchester should host him. His anti Semitic views should not be welcome anywhere.”

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