Abbott backs

Pinter plan

HACKNEY MP Diane Abbott has called on the government to back residents in their bid to turn a former Lower Clapton cinema into a lasting tribute to Harold Pinter.

The MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington has tabled an Early Day Motion in the Commons calling on the govern­ment to "do all it can" to support the campaign to restore the old Clapton Cinematograph Theatre, which opened in Lower Clapton Road in 1910.

It later became the Kenninghall Cinema before shutting in 1979 and more recently was the trou­bled Palace Pavilion nightspot.

The campaign is aiming to con­vert the building into a memorial to Pinter, the Hackney-born play­wright, who died last month, aged 78.

Ms Abbott's motion has so far attracted 22 MPs' signatures.