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Labour MP barred from Liverpool pub after post-election celebration

Labour MP barred from Liverpool pub after post-election celebration
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A Labour MP has been barred from a Liverpool pub after the behaviour of the group celebrating his victory was branded a “disgrace”. 

Dan Carden, the new Liverpool Walton MP, insisted he and his party had not behaved irresponsibly and offered to work with the pub to identify those culpable of wrongdoing.

Anna Slater, the landlady of the Grapes pub, said staff “would have been justified in calling the police”, the Liverpool Echo reports.

She wrote: “After last night the recently elected MP for Walton is barred. For life. Several others in his group are also excluded and we are reviewing CCTV of last night to identify you.

“We do not tolerate screaming, shouting, chanting, standing on the furniture etc. A staff member spent 15 minutes politely asking you to behave. The pub closed early.”

She added: “This is not the first time we have ejected and barred party members. To be clear, despite being life long Labour supporters your party are not welcome in groups. Your behaviour was a disgrace and damaged a small, family run business. Again.”

Mr Carden said he and his group had been in “high spirits” celebrating his victory, but insisted they had been “at pains to behave responsibly”.

“I appreciate that the events of last night caused distress to the great team at The Grapes but I am confident that neither me nor anyone in my party was responsible for this, so much so that I would like the opportunity to review footage with you to help identify any trouble-makers,” he responded to Ms Slater.

Mr Carden won the city’s Walton seat with a massive 32,000 majority in Thursday’s general election.

He replaces new Liverpool metro mayor Steve Rotheram as the constituency’s MP. 

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