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Maggie Thatcher star pledges support for The George

PUBLISHED: 18:10 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 05 October 2010

Rory Kinnear as Dennis to Andrea Risborough's Thatcher portrayal

Rory Kinnear as Dennis to Andrea Risborough's Thatcher portrayal

WELL-connected pub landlady Pauline Forster has already lined up an array of A-list’ stars in her steely campaign to save’ The George Tavern in London’s East End. Now a certain Margaret Thatcher’ has joined the crusade. Not the Maggie formerly from No 10, but actress Andrea Risborough, the latest to play the country’s most famous woman politician, a huge fan of the Stepney boozer thought to be under threat from developers.

By Julia Gregory

WELL-connected pub landlady Pauline Forster has already lined up an array of 'A-list' stars in her steely campaign to 'save' The George Tavern in London's East End.

But they don't come bigger than Britain's original Iron Lady.

A certain 'Margaret Thatcher' has joined the crusade.

Not the Maggie formerly from No 10, but actress Andrea Risborough, the latest to play the country's most famous woman politician, huge fan of the Stepney boozer thought to be under threat from developers.

Andrea is gracing our screens at 9pm Thursday (June 12) as the young sex kitten Maggie in the BBC4 play Long Road to Finchley.

It details the future first women Prime Minister's fight to even be selected as a potential Parliamentary candidate.

Andrea, who starred in the Mike Leigh movie Happy Go-Lucky and the TV show Party Animals, is the latest in a line of celebrities to add her voice to the campaign opposing a plan by Swan Housing association to knock down the adjacent Stepney's nightclub and replace it with a block of 11 flats.

Landlady Pauline claims the development would trigger complaints about noise from new neighbours, something that could mean the end for the historic pub.

Andrea used to drink in the pub when she was studying acting at RADA.

Bethnal Green & Bow MP George Galloway has already joined a string of celebs including model Kate Moss, pop star Amy Winehouse and actor Sir Ian McKellen, who lives less than a mile away in Limehouse, to don a T-shirt bearing the 'Save The George' logo.

The pub made its name supporting artists and the theatre, giving up-and-coming stars a chance to show their work.


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