Source: Labour List UK
23 Labour MPs have voted against the government’s 10pm hospitality curfew as the legislation was passed in the House of Commons by a majority of 217 with 82 voting against the Covid restriction.
Backbench Labour MPs were given a free vote on the issue this evening following growing opposition to the measure among the Parliamentary Labour Party. Those on the frontbench were whipped to abstain.
Jeremy Corbyn, Ian Lavery, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Diane Abbott, Apsana Begum, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Dawn Butler, Chris Bryant and others joined with the Lib Dems, the DUP, Green MP Caroline Lucas and 42 Tory rebels in voting against.
Jonathan Ashworth set out Labour’s position on the measure, arguing that if the country cannot close schools, workplaces or shops, or shut down public transport to slow the spread, “the only lever we have is hospitality”.
He told MPs this afternoon: “We therefore support the announced measures, difficult as they are. Indeed, we support the measures aimed at constraining the time people can spend in the pub.”