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Clegg Calls Time On MPs Subsidised Bars

Thursday 21st March 2013

Nick Clegg backed calls for an end to the subsidised bars and restaurants at the House of Commons.

At present, MPs save around 40% on the price of meals and drinks at the pubs inside Parliament.

And following Eric Joyce's second arrest on suspicion of assault after drinking in the parliamentary bars, LBC 97.3 caller Ayo phoned in to Call Clegg to say it's time that they were stopped.

The subsidy means MPs can enjoy a glass of whisky for 2.55, or a glass of Merlot over lunch for 2.35 - around 40% cheaper than in public bars.

When confronted with the prices, Mr Clegg said he felt "intuitively" that politicians should not be getting the traditional perk.

He told LBC 97.3: "My kneejerk reaction is why should MPs be subsidised for drinking in the House of Commons."