Andy Slaughter MP (Lab) was invited into the event by the good old BBC in the end. The Beeb were hosting the "Address" and insisted on political impartiality as reported below. Andy's written about it here on his website.
After all the fuss, it turned out to be a fifty five minute PowerPoint presentation rather that the State of the Union style Address that was promised. I was surprised that, when I took out council officers, Tory councillors, their personal friends and the Opposition, I was only able to count 37 members of the public in the audience. This out of a total of 800 "key opinion formers" that were invited.
It looked like they'd laid on a sumptuous buffet though - shame I'm on a diet.