A hotel accused of hosting a conference by far-right group Britain First has said it is “unhappy to have been associated” with the organisation.
Wyboston Lakes Resort in Bedfordshire faced strong criticism online when it was claimed that Britain First had held its annual conference on its premises.
The venue responded on Twitter and Facebook, saying it had “sold a small meeting room on 02/12/2017 at the last minute”.
It added: “This was not booked by Britain First and the name given did not arouse any suspicions.
“As a company that is proudly diverse and embracing of all cultures and nationalities, we are unhappy to have been associated.”
Twitter and Facebook users said they were “disgusted” that the venue had allegedly hosted the organisation, and many threatened to boycott the business.
We sold a small meeting room on 02/12/17 at the last minute. This was not booked by Britain First and the name given did not arouse any suspicions. As a company that is proudly diverse and embracing of all cultures and nationalities, we are unhappy to have been associated.
— Wyboston Lakes (@WybostonLakes) 3 December 2017
Wyboston Lakes Resort told Sky News it was not commenting further at present.
Britain First’s Facebook page shows photographs of its conference and speakers can be seen addressing several rows of attendees in a room filled with nationalistic banners.
The name of the venue was apparently not released to attendees until shortly before the event, and in the hours leading up to it supporters on social media expressed confusion about the location.
Deputy leader Jayda Fransen is on bail after being charged with four counts of causing religiously aggravated harassment related to handing out leaflets and posting online videos.
US President Donald Trump was widely rebuked for retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by Fransen, including one that wrongly claimed to feature a “Muslim migrant” attacking a boy on crutches.