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Stephen Fry and David Cameron hold gay rights summit in East End pub

PUBLISHED: 11:43 19 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:44 19 August 2013

The Grapes pub in Limehouse.

The Grapes pub in Limehouse.

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Stephen Fry and David Cameron dined at an East End pub as the pair held a summit to discuss the UK’s stance on gay rights in Russia.

The meeting, at The Grapes in Limehouse, followed calls by the actor for the UK to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Russia in protest against mew laws banning the discussion of promotion of homosexuality.

He recently appealed to Mr Cameron on social networking site Twitter, and wrote an open letter calling for action.

“An absolute ban on the Russian Winter Olympics of 2014 on Sochi is simply essential,” he wrote.

“Stage them elsewhere in Utah, Lillehammer, anywhere you like. At all costs Putin cannot be seen to have the approval of the civilised world.”

He went on to compare the situation to the 1936 Olympics hosted in Nazi Germany.

The meeting, held last Monday, was originally due to be between Russian newspaper proprietor Evgeny Lebedev, who is one of the Narrow Street pub’s co-owners, and Mr Cameron.

But Mr Fry was invited along by Mr Lebedev to broach the issue after the prime minister appeared to rule out a boycott on Twitter, where he wrote: “I believe we can better challenge prejudice as we attend, rather than boycotting the Winter Olympics.”

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