‘Optics are awful’: parliament to allow MPs to drink on estate again

Fears that resumption of alcohol sales, restricted due to Covid, will incentivise return to Commons

Plans are under way for MPs to be allowed to drink outside on the parliamentary estate again within a week, after sales of alcohol were stopped there in line with restrictions on hospitality under England’s old coronavirus tier system.

After the reopening of beer gardens on 12 April, a seated outdoor area is being earmarked between Portcullis House, where many MPs’ offices are, and the Derby Gate entrance to parliament.

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