The Labour Party politician has stated that closing the club "cannot be the answer" ahead of a licensing hearing on Tuesday.
In a statement posted to Facebook on Friday, September 2nd, Thornberry discussed fabric's "cultural significance" to young people at home and abroad. Calling the club an "Islington institution," the MP—who's currently the UK's Shadow Foreign Secretary—explains that she's held talks with fabric's owners and is convinced that they are prepared to make the "reasonable and appropriate changes required to mitigate the risks as much as possible."
Thornberry also highlights the failure of local police to prosecute drug dealing suspects pointed out by the club, explaining that "even when the police have arrested suspects as a result, prosecutions have been dropped."
The post came shortly after London mayor Sadiq Khan distanced himself from the dispute in an interview with Time Out London.
Read an excerpt from Thornberry's statement.
What we need is for club owners and the police to work together, not against each other, in order to make whatever reasonable and appropriate changes are required to mitigate the risks as much as possible.Sign the petition to keep fabric open here.
Having met with the owners of Fabric just this week, I have every confidence that they are ready and willing to do exactly this. However, some of what is being asked of them seems to me to be neither reasonable nor appropriate; the expectation to change both the club’s name and the type of music it plays cannot be justified.
I was also extremely concerned to learn that—despite being sent weekly reports by the management of Fabric detailing the times, locations and descriptions of those dealing drugs in the area around the club—even when the police have arrested suspects as a result, prosecutions have been dropped.
I appreciate the licensing committee has a very difficult decision to make on Tuesday, but whilst the question of safety must remain paramount, I sincerely believe that the closure of Fabric cannot be the answer. It may be easy and, in some quarters, it may be popular, but that does not make it right.
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