Police Federation dumps The Dorchester for upcoming awards event

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The Police Federation of England and Wales is the latest organisation to join the backlash against hotels run by Brunei, by pulling out of The Dorchester Hotel as the venue for its annual bravery awards event.

The Federation had planned to hold its annual Police Bravery Awards at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane, which is one of nine leading hotels owned by Brunei’s national investment machine, the Brunei Investment Agency.

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'Doing nothing not an option'

John Apter, who is chairman of the organisation John Apter said on Twitter that “doing nothing was not an option” after the tiny oil-rich Asian nation brought in a punishment of stoning to death for gay sex and adultery. 

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Apter also tweeted that the decision to withdraw from The Dorchester was squarely aimed at the oppressive regime in Brunei and had nothing to do with the staff at the swanky London hotel.

New venue identified

“This decision does not reflect on the staff at the Dorchester Hotel however, doing nothing was not an option. An alternative venue has been identified and I will make sure the Bravery Awards are as special as they have always been. This is the right decision.”

The Police Federation is the latest to act as worldwide condemnation against Brunei's new laws gathers momentum.

In what is fast turning into a brand nightmare, hotels owned by the Brunei regime, which also include the Beverly Hills Hotel and Bel Air in LA and Plaza Athenée in Paris, are finding themselves increasingly blacklisted. 

Last week TVChoice publisher Bauer Media, announced it had also pulled out of hosting its upcoming TV awards event at the Dorchester.

Human rights and LGBT groups protested outside The Dorchester last weekend and eventually stormed the hotel's forecourt. The global pullout of the hotels started after Hollywood actor, George Clooney, called for a boycott of nine Brunei-owned hotels from London to Paris and LA.   

The awards are slated to take place on 9 July 2019 on the Police Federation’s website.

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