Holocaust denier Irving 'targeted' city.
A conference was booked at Liverpool's Liner Hotel which bosses yesterday found would include a talk by the controversial historian who was convicted for Holocaust denial in Austria in 2006.
After a tip-off, the hotel has cancelled the event, due to be held today.
Anti-Fascism campaigners believe Irving had chosen Liverpool to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, due to be held in the city on January 27.
Alec McFadden, founder of the Merseyside Coalition Against Racism and Fascism, said: "It is an absolute disgrace that this man nearly aired his abhorrent views so close to Holocaust Memorial Day and at such a highprofile time for Liverpool.
He has targeted us intentionally.
"I was tipped off by the anti-Fascist magazine, Searchlight, of the nature of the booking and the Liner was informed. He is not welcome here."
A spokesman for the Liner said: "We took a booking two months ago from the an historic society. "Today we received a phone call telling us there was a possibility David Irving could be talking at the event.
"We spoke to the police and cancelled the conference immediately.
"We want no association with these types of views and believe the city has been targeted at this time intentionally. They thought they could get away with it."
David Irving planned city talk