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12 May 2009

Ken Livingstone to speak at PLASA AGM

The former Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, will be the guest speaker at this year's PLASA AGM and Members Lunch, which takes place on Tuesday 2 June at Kings Place in London.

Livingstone is one of UK politics' more colourful figures: he was a member of the Greater London Council from 1976, its leader from 1981, and was largely responsible for The GLC's popular 'Fares Fair' policy which significantly cut the price of travel on London Transport.

After Margaret Thatcher abolished the GLC, Livingstone went on to become an MP for the Labour Party. In 1999, he stood for nomination as the Labour Party candidate in the London mayoral elections, but despite popular support, the Blairite Frank Dobson was selected. Not one to take things lying down, Livingstone chose to stand as an independent candidate and, as a consequence, was expelled from the Labour Party in 2000. However, he beat all the other candidates decisively, becoming the first modern elected Mayor of London.

During his time in office, he was instrumental in introducing the London Congestion Charge in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion in the city. In 2008, despite a close fought election, he was prevented from securing a third term by Conservative Party candidate Boris Johnson.

As a consequence of his long career in politics, Livingstone will continue the strong line-up of guest speakers that PLASA has traditionally invited to speak at its Members Lunches, which over 200 members and guests are expected to attend.

In addition, the day will also feature hosted tours of Kings Place - the first purpose-built concert hall to be built in London since 1982. PLASA Members will get the opportunity to meet the technical teams from both Kings Place and Arup (the acoustics and technology designers) to learn how the technical installation was fully integrated with the architectural concept to create a venue that has been widely acclaimed.

PLASA Members can register for the event at the link below.

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.