London Lite Monday, 6 July 2009 11 Plinth of thieves Comedy protestin MPhome SQUATTERS who took over the constituency home of Labour MPs Ann and Alan Keen have turned it into a comedy club. In a fresh humiliation for the couple dubbed Mr and Mrs Expenses, Left-wing comic Mark Thomas topped the bill at a benefit gig in their front room. Thomas entertained the squatters and other protesters in the house in Brentford. He performed on a makeshift stage in front of a Christmas tree with a picture of the Keens on top. Fagged out: lifelong anti-tobacco campaigner Stuart Holmes makes his tricky ascent up the netting around the fourth plinth before unveiling his banner today Protester hijiacks living artwork in Trafalgar Square Water leak hits Ramsays pub GORDON Ramsays bad luck continued after a water leak forced one of his restaurants to close. The york & albany pub in Camden was closed all weekend. It comes after Ramsay revealed his profits had plunged by 90 per cent in a year. Jealous partner guilty of murder aLaN JERmEy, 41, partner of Basingstoke mercedes executive Kirsty Wilson, 34, was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years at the Old Bailey today for strangling her and burning her body after learning of her affair with a colleague. H who has organised the plinth project called One & Other, pleaded with him to come down. John Cassy, head of Sky Arts, said: This is slightly unexpected, but it is art. Mr Holmes had clambered up the netting around the plinth with a banner reading: Save the children. Ban tobacco and actors smoking. One billion deaths this century! He was eventually persuaded to get on a cherry-picker and come down before Mrs Wardell, 35, took her rightful place and held up the NSPCC logo in the shape of a lollipop. Ms Wardell said after she descended from the plinth: Its just so relaxing up there, especially when the weathers nice. It was a little bit windy but its just really relaxing and its fascinating watching everybody coming and going and seeing whats happening. Ms Wardell said she was drawn to the project because of the public involvement. I really liked the idea of the project. I like the idea of public art, I liked being able to repre- sent ordinary people. I think its going to be fascinating for peo- ple to watch. Her husband, Brian, 37, who works for a security company, said: It was quite tense at certain times, and added that the cou- ples children, aged five and two, were really proud. Of the protest, she said it happened so quickly I didnt have a chance to think about it at all. Mr Holmes revealed he had decided to hijack the artwork after hearing about it on the radio. I was slightly anxious that I would not be fit enough but I managed to do it... A total of 2,400 people will occupy the plinth for an hour each, 24 hours a day, until 14 October. You can watch the video footage live around the clock on the projects website at Take a stand: housewife Rachel Wardell on the plinth E Continued from Page 1 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html