Tory MP Andy Carter voted in favour of the 10pm curfew which means he’s no longer welcome in Warrington’s hostelries. The pub sector has issued a notice: Get Carter.
Publicans in Warrington have vented their anger on their Curfew supporting member of parliament by issuing him with a lifetime ban. Andy Carter, the MP representing Warrington South, was issued the ban following a unanimous vote by the Cheshire town’s Pubwatch members.
The decision means that Carter, the Conservative Party MP who was only elected in 2019, has been banned from entering the town’s pubs, bars, and clubs that are members of the organisation which was formed to promote best practice with the aim of achieving a safer drinking environment in all licensed premises throughout the UK.
A spokesperson for the Warrington branch told local media that the 10pm curfew had “absolutely killed us” arguing the main trading time for town centre pubs and bars was between 11pm and 1am.
He added that the curfew was not backed by any scientific or credible evidence and that Carter had displayed zero support for the hospitality sector in its hour of need with publicans fearful for their livelihoods.
Defending his actions and those of the government, Andy Carter responded: “It’s simply not true to say the government hasn’t supported the hospitality industry. Pubs have received grants, access to loans and government schemes including Eat out to Help Out and most recently back-dated support to August for those areas which were in tier two prior to the lockdown.”
He added: “The 10pm closing is a decision taken by central Government to help to reduce the spread of a deadly virus. I’m disappointed to see licensees using an important scheme like Pubwatch to keep people who go to licensed premises in Warrington town centre safe, for political aims, it’s totally against what it was set up for and brings the scheme into disrepute.”