Meeting now in Portcullis House

And another announcement: the meeting on Iraqi Employees will take place on the same day (Tuesday 9th October) at the same time (7-9pm) with the same speakers in a changed venue very close to the original one: the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House (MPs’ own office block, opposite Parliament). The long-suffering and highly efficient Mette Kahlin will be standing outside the door of the old venue (Committee Room 14 in Parliament) pointing the way to the new venue, which is the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House. How do you get there? Walk to Parliament and it’s the very ugly building at the corner of Bridge Street and Victoria Embankment, facing Big Ben (or St. Stephen’s Tower, if you really must). If you get lost, which you won’t, ask one of the police officers, who are actually very helpful, or just look round for the biggest eyesore. It is unmissably hideous.

Poor Mette had the job, a couple of hours ago, of telling me that – despite the fact that she booked the room back in the first week of September, despite the fact that not double-booking rooms is a task open to the simplest person capable of using something like Outlook, despite the fact that a struggling provincial hotel could manage to avoid doing something like this- a Cabinet Minister claimed that she had previously booked the room and so we were bounced out. Oh, imagine my joy. It quite took the pleasure out of learning that I was a qualified physician.

Salt in the wound: the Cabinet Minister in question is Hazel Blears. Silver lining: we can get TV crews in to film in the Attlee Suite, which we couldn’t in Committee Room 14.  That’s Committee Room 14, our old venue. And of course our new venue is the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House.

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8 Responses to “Meeting now in Portcullis House”

  1. ChristopherWhite.info » Minor change of plan Says:

    […] Dan Hardie: And another announcement: the meeting on Iraqi Employees will take place on the same day (Tuesday 9th October) at the same time (7-9pm) with the same speakers in a changed venue very close to the original one: the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House (MPs’ own office block, opposite Parliament). The long-suffering and highly efficient Mette Kahlin will be standing outside the door of the old venue (Committee Room 14 in Parliament) pointing the way to the new venue, which is the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House. How do you get there? Walk to Parliament and it’s the very ugly building at the corner of Bridge Street and Victoria Embankment, facing Big Ben (or St. Stephen’s Tower, if you really must). If you get lost, which you won’t, ask one of the police officers, who are actually very helpful, or just look round for the biggest eyesore. It is unmissably hideous. […]

  2. The Unforgiving Minute · Those Iraqi translators have packed their bags - but still no decision Says:

    […] The venue for tomorrow’s meeting has been changed. It will still take place tomorrow (Tuesday 9th October) at the same time (7-9pm) with the same speakers in a changed venue very close to the original one: the Attlee Suite in Portcullis House. The long-suffering and highly efficient Mette Kahlin will be standing outside the door of the old venue (Committee Room 14 in Parliament) pointing the way to the new venue. To get there, walk to Parliament and find the very ugly building at the corner of Bridge Street and Victoria Embankment, facing Big Ben. […]

  3. Chicken Yoghurt » Iraqi Employees meeting tomorrow: CHANGE OF VENUE Says:

    […] Over to Dan Hardie: […]

  4. Pickled Politics » It’s not enough Mr Brown Says:

    […] event tomorrow is therefore still going ahead, albeit now at Portcullis House. I’ll be there saying hello to attendees so do drop in to show your support if you can. […]

  5. Iraqi Employees - two more notices « Back off, man; I’m a scientist. Says:

    […] in Iraq at 5:46 pm by Ben 1) The meeting is now in Portcullis House cos Hazel Blears has nicked the original […]

  6. Dan Hardie: Iraqi Employees Update « Gary Andrews Says:

    […] Read the rest of what Dan’s been saying today. […]

  7. Pickled Politics » The Iraqi campaign event yesterday Says:

    […] the campaign to grant asylum to Iraqi employees of British forces went to Westminster. I’ve written about it in more detail here and it was covered on Channel 4 News on […]

  8. Nosemonkey / Europhobia » Iraqi employees Says:

    […] Oh, and the venue for tomorrow’s meeting’s had to change at the last minute. […]

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