The Welsh Labour First Minister, Mark Drakeford, is still banned from 100 pubs in Wales. The West Conwy Pubwatch organisation imposed an 18-month ban on the Labour MP. This implies that the first minister will be barred from drinking in pubs in Wales until the summer of this year.
This was a consequence of Mark Drakeford’s policy, which outlawed alcohol with a 6pm curfew for the hospitality industry.
The following was written in an open letter to the first minister: “All licensees have a legal duty under the Licensing Act of 2003 to ensure that disorderly, argumentative, violent behaviour and antisocial behaviour does not occur on or around their premises and to prevent the occurrence of criminal offences.”
“As a result of your behaviour on November 30 2020, at the Senedd Cymru, your actions class as antisocial behaviour for the damage caused to our members’ premises.”
“The licensees of the West Conwy Pubwatch have jointly decided that in order to discharge their duty as referred to above they are exercising their right not to allow you entry to their premises.”
“Should you attempt to ignore this notice and enter any of the licensed premises listed on our website the assistance of police will be sought, if necessary to eject you from the premises and an extra six months will be added to your ban.”
The letter also specifically stated that the first minister would not be authorised to enter a bar until May 2022.
When the Pubwatch group discovered Drakeford was in the region visiting a distillery in Llandudno in May of last year, they sent a reminder.
The Pubgroup shared the following statement on their Facebook page: “Just a reminder to all of our members, while Mark Drakeford is in the Conwy County area, he is still barred from all of our premises as he is still on pubwatch until his review in August.”