Advert

Latest

​Domino's Launches New Chocolate Orange Cookies With Gooey Centres
published atin an hour
Advert
Advert

Most Popular

Advert
News

MPs Broke 10pm Curfew Rules In Parliament's Smoking Room Bar

MPs Broke 10pm Curfew Rules In Parliament's Smoking Room Bar

An independent inquiry has confirmed that MPs broke the government's curfew rules after they were seen drinking past 10pm in the Houses of Parliament.

The inquiry determined that a number of politicians stayed in the 'Smoking Room' bar past the required closing time on 5 October.

The chair of the Commons Administration Committee, Charles Walker, confirmed the findings, however, names of those involved were not disclosed.

He said: "It happened and it should not have happened... it does seem there were drinks being consumed after 10pm on that Monday night in the Smoking Room."

Advert

It had been alleged that Health Secretary Matt Hancock had been seen drinking in the bar after curfew, though he has since denied these claims.

A spokesperson for Mr Hancock said he 'departed the parliamentary estate to go home' after having taken part in the Commons vote at 9.40pm.

Politicians enjoyed a drink after the 10pm curfew in the Smoking Room bar last week. Credit: PA
Politicians enjoyed a drink after the 10pm curfew in the Smoking Room bar last week. Credit: PA

The Speaker of The House Lindsay Hoyle has now banned the sale of alcohol in the Commons.

Advert

He said: "Following the government's decision to move London into the Tier 2 Covid alert category, I have asked the parliamentary authorities to introduce measures to bring the House of Commons into line with the national picture.

"As MPs represent different constituencies in different tiers - with the very highest level ordering the closure of pubs - I have decided to stop the sale of alcohol across the House of Commons end of the estate from this Saturday.

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
News

Pubs, Bars And Restaurants In England Will Have 10pm Curfew From Thursday

"This means it will not be possible to buy an alcoholic drink from any of our catering outlets for the foreseeable future, whether food is served or not."

This comes as police cracked down on drinkers in London who were caught flouting the 10pm curfew.

Advert

Officers were seen arresting several people in Soho on Friday night (16 October), many of whom were protesting the introduction of Tier 2 measures in the capital.

Matt Hancock has denied that he broke the curfew rules. Credit: PA
Matt Hancock has denied that he broke the curfew rules. Credit: PA

Last week, the government announced London would enter Tier 2 lockdown measures from midnight last Friday (16 October).

Under Tier 2, households cannot mix indoors - with the exception of support bubbles. The Rule of Six will also continue to apply outdoors and in private gardens.

Advert

Speaking about the new rules, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, the Met's lead for the Covid-19 crisis, told the Evening Standard that it was vital people cooperated with them, but warned that officers would be enforcing the measures.

He said: "This is a critical moment in London's fight against this deadly virus.

"Frustratingly, we have seen a small number of dangerous and reckless breaches of the regulations and as the alert level in London increases, we are adopting our policing approach.

"Communities across London can therefore expect to see an increase in our efforts to deal with the most deliberate, harmful and flagrant breaches of regulations."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Alcohol

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]