Pandora: The Sect, the Shindig and the Party Animals

Source: The Independent
Date: October 3, 2006

by Oliver Duff

Our MPs receive small forests of embossed invitations to assorted freebee shindigs. Few, however, turn heads like the one now waiting on their desks as they return to Parliament after the long summer holiday.

There is to be a "Grand Opening" of the Church of Scientology's jazzy new London headquarters on Sunday 22 October, with a VIP reception beforehand at The Mermaid Theatre in Blackfriars.

The rich sect boasts such towering Hollywood luminaries as John Travolta and Tom Cruise - leading to predictable excited speculation in the corridors of power about party guests.

"We would be quite nervous about going," says one parliamentary aide, "but we think a few female MPs will head down on the off chance that Cruise turns up."

RSVPs to the Hubbard Estate in East Grinstead, West Sussex.