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03/03/03
Theatreland Up In Arms
- Actors balk at congestion charges

SAMANTHA BOND is to lead a legal challenge to mayor Ken Livingstone's forthcoming congestion charges. Along with restaurant workers and Smithfield market traders, the actor best known for her role as Miss Moneypenny in the James Bond films challenges the charges faced by central London drivers from February 17. A public meeting involving actors and traders is scheduled to take place at the Palace Theatre January 20.

Bond's antipathy towards the road toll comes in the wake of complaints she voiced publicly with fellow actresses Emilia Fox and Isla Blair. The women protested that the charge threatened the livelihood and safety of poorly paid actresses who need their cars to get home late after working unsociable hours.

Bond's grievances focus on London Mayor Ken Livingstone's failure to properly consult those whose livelihoods depend on driving in central London. She stresses that her concern is not simply for actors. "This is about a great swathe of London's population who will suffer as a result of the charge, including teachers and nurses," says Bond.




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