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Westminster bar closures unnecessary as MPs’ scandals ‘bigger than hospitality arrangements’ | Political news

Bar closures in Parliament are not needed to prevent MP scandals, senior politicians agree, as they claim the reason is “bigger than hospitality arrangements”.

Frontbenchers from both main parties have pointed out that some of the recent bad behavior controversies have actually taken place in Westminster hostels.

Chris PincherMP for Tamworth in Staffordshire, step down as Tory deputy chief whip – is responsible for party discipline. after he was accused of drunkenly groping two men at the members-only Carlton club.

Political last. minister insists it is “not the case” there is a problem with male Tory MPs;

Boris Johnson bowed to the demands take out the whip from Mr Pincher, meaning he will now sit in the House of Commons as an independent after an official inquiry was launched.

There are several bars in the Parliament Estate, including the Woolsack and the Strangers’ Bar.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey told Sky’s Sophie Ridge Sunday programme. “I think in terms of bars in parliament we have certain working hours, and very similar situations that you’re referring to, I don’t think bars have happened.

“It is, I suppose, a subject of discussion in the parliament, but we have already reduced the number of drinking and eating places in the parliament.

“Culturally, what’s important is to have a government and a parliament that takes on and delivers on the people’s priorities, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

Labour’s shadow business secretary, Jonathan Reynolds, also told Ridge he did not believe the problem was within parliamentary bars.

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The Prime Minister is “not aware of the specific claims” against Pincher

He said. “I don’t think Parliament has the kind of modern workplace culture that it should have, I think it still needs to continue.”

“But I would just say, if you look at these specific incidents, very few of them are actually in Parliament itself, so to me it’s a bigger thing than hospitality arrangements.

“It’s about power, it’s about accountability, it’s about the standards that the leader of each political party sets, and I can’t see Boris Johnson as someone who is going to improve the culture of the Conservative Party in any way.”

Noting that “there is only one main ban for Members of Parliament, there is one for staff”, Mr Reynolds added. “I don’t think that’s the problem.

“You can close all the bars in Westminster, but if you have a Conservative Party that doesn’t take these issues seriously, it gives people a get out of jail free card.

Pressed on whether the bars had boosted the drinking culture, the Labor MP said: “I wouldn’t say it’s encouraged.

“Most people do an incredibly professional job and there’s a bar for staff members and that’s honest, absolutely fine.

“What I’m trying to tell you is that this is not the heart of the matter, specifically, the Chris Pincher case was at the Carlton Club, a private club for Conservative Party members.

“We need to address the core of it, which is all behavior that is imposed from above.”

Westminster bar closures unnecessary as MPs’ scandals ‘bigger than hospitality arrangements’ | Political news

Source Westminster bar closures unnecessary as MPs’ scandals ‘bigger than hospitality arrangements’ | Political news

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