is blackballed by the Reform
FIRST the Oxford
David Irving. Now it's the turn
of the Reform Club to tell the
Holocaust-denying historian not to
darken its doors again.
At a stormy Annual General Meeting
last Wednesday members voted to invoke
Regulation 6D, which excludes certain
people from the building in Pall Mall,
although a large minority argued that
the rule was designed to prevent bad
behaviour and not to keep out unwelcome
guests because of their political
Irving was originally excluded
nearly a year ago when he went to a
dinner attended by Count Tolstoy
as a guest of Michelle Lady
Renouf, former wife of the New
Zealand financier Sir Frank. The AGM,
in which Mori poll chairman Bob
Worcester spoke against the ban,
was the club's first opportunity to
discuss the matter.
"Nicholas Mellersh proposed a
motion that the use of 6D should be
confined to people who misbehaved,"
says club member Anthony Delano.
"It's a question of principle. The
committee was being heavy-handed and
making improper use of the rules. We
are not endorsing Irving's views."
Club secretary Robin Forrest
declines to comment. "It's private
business," he says. "We never discuss
Nor would the normally garrulous Bob
Worcester be drawn. "I never talk about
anything that goes on in my club," he