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Tories auction stay at hotel owned by anti-gay Sultan of Brunei

Joseph McCormick February 11, 2015

The Conservative Party held its annual Black and White Ball  this week, and auctioned off a stay at a hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei, despite ongoing boycotts of the chain due to a new law which allows gay people to be stoned to death.

The ball, which included a silent auction, was held at the five star Grosvenor House Hotel on Monday, and was to raise funds for the party ahead of this May’s General Election.

One of the lots at the auction was “A Stay for two, to include breakfast in the Michelin starred restaurant, at the famous Park Lane Dorchester Hotel.”

The lot read that it was “ideal for those wanting a romantic break at this superb hotel overlooking Hyde Park.”

Silent Auction Lots

The Dorchester Collection, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is facing boycotts after the Sultan passed a change to the penal code, calling for gays to be stoned to death.

Former Conservative Party Chairman Lord Deben, last year criticised King’s College London for rejecting calls by the publisher of PinkNews to rescind an Honorary Law Doctorate given to the Sultan of Brunei over the new law.

Stephen Fry has said he would cancel his reservations with a Brunei-owned hotel chain, and  an LGBT philanthropist conference opted to cancel its booking with the group’s luxury Beverly Hills Hotel.

Designers Peter Som and Brian Atwood also said they would move Fashion Week events away from the chain.

John Legend last week pulled out of a planned appearance at a Brunei-owned hotel, over an ongoing boycott of the country over anti-gay laws.

Before the passage of the new law, same-sex sexual activity was punishable in the Islamic state with up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The Conservative Party has not returned a call for comment from PinkNews.

More: Brunei, Conservative Party, Dorchester, Dorchester Collection, Hassanal Bolkiah, tories

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