Police Federation boycott Dorchester Hotel over Brunei controversy

The Dorchester

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Police Federation have announced they will no longer host an annual awards ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel because of its ties to Brunei.

The staff association announced that their annual Police Bravery Awards would be moved to an "alternative venue" in a post on Twitter, in protest at the controversial new laws introduced in the country.

The anti-LGBT laws were introduced in Brunei last week, and punish gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death.

"We cannot in all conscience support a regime which is so fundamentally opposed to the values of respect, diversity and equality we hold so highly within our organisation and policing as a whole," the Police Federation said.

"And although the decision is no reflection on the staff of the hotel itself who have always done their utmost to ensure that the event is a success, we feel it is the right one."

The move by the Police Federation was praised by MPs this afternoon during a a Westminster Hall debate on LGBT rights in Brunei.

"I'm not in a position to boycott something I can't afford," joked Thangam Debbonaire MP.

Protests have been taking place outside the Brunei-owned hotel since the laws came into effect, with celebrities including Elton John announcing that they are boycotting the venue.

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