Helene Greenwood, The Tuesday Club and the Damn Vandals created a great night of music and their goodwill ensured that we had a successful fundraiser. We thank them for sharing their talent with us and for giving us all a night to remember. We also thank The Troubadour for their support of our campaign and the warm welcome we received.
Our event brought together Earls Court Exhibition Centre workers, residents from RBKC and LBHF, Andy Slaughter MP, Murad Qureshi AM, Duggie Fields, Suzanne Kennedy, national newspaper journalists and activists from across West London.
Andy Slaughter MP (LAB, Hammersmith) opened the evening. West Kensington, Gibbs Green, the Lillie Bridge depot and Earls Court Two which are under threat of demolition, are all in his constituency. He said that the evening was a celebration and a tribute for the many individuals who had spent "thousands of thankless and unpaid hours working to preserve the communities they love". Their hard work was why "this project is 5 years behind schedule".
"This campaign has support across the community, across the boroughs, across London and increasingly across the country. Every single party except one [the Conservatives] supports this campaign".
Andy Slaughter ended his speech by saying that "The fightback will intensify and if you have votes use them this May". The Earls Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area was "A 20 year project based on nothing more than pure greed and if you like, opportunism. The opportunity they thought they would never have to destroy a whole quarter of London."