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MPs mount campaign to save Art Deco pub as last orders are called

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A group of MPs has launched a last ditch effort to save 'London's most complete Art Deco public house' from the bulldozers.

The 59 MPs - lead by Labour's Colin Challen - have signed an Early Day Motion demanding that TP Bennett and Sons' 1938 Paviour's Arms in Westminster be rescued.

The pub - within a short walk of the Houses of Parliament - is under threat from a project for a new block of apartments by developer St George's in-house design team.

The EDM, signed by high-profile members including Gerald Kaufman, Frank Dobson and Jeremy Corbyn, welcomes the renewed interest in Art Deco following the opening of the Victoria and Albert Museum's major exhibition.

The MPs call for the planned demolition to be delayed and demand that the developer and 'Westminster City Council 'use every conceivable way of incorporating this popular and historical local public house into any future development'.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport last week rejected an application for spot-listing on the grounds that the original designs were altered in a series of refurbishments throughout the 1970s and '80s. But the Twentieth Century Society said it could understand the DCMS's decision because the pub was not in its complete form.

'However it is a real shame because it is a really lovely building, ' case worker Eva Branscombe told the AJ. 'It is a real possibility that it is the most complete Art Deco pub in London'.

Westminster City Council said the demolition would go ahead and the owner would not review its decision.

But the developer has given the pub's interiors a last-ditch reprieve. It has decided to delay the sale of the décor for a week so campaigners can attempt to find an alternative home for the furnishings.

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