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01:07 | 24th August 2017

News: UK

Mon 7 Jun, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Everyone involved was shocked and outraged. This attitude is totally unacceptable in this day and age

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A police investigation has begun after a London pub refused to serve a LGBT Labour group in London due to their sexuality.

The Greencoat Boy pub in Westminster reportedly refused to serve members of the Labour Party's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered Rights group, causing a stir amongst the nation.

Since the incident anger has been rife amongst the online world with many complaining about the pubs actions, including the likes of Sarah Brown and former Labour PM John Prescott, who tweeted about the incident: "Forty years ago we campaigned against a Hull pub that banned 'women and queers'. This is disgraceful."



According to the BBC, James Asser, a member of the group, said: "Everyone involved was shocked and outraged. This attitude is totally unacceptable in this day and age.

"What century are we living in here?

"When you encounter prejudice you have to stand up and be counted - at the very least we expect an apology.

"We also want a demonstration that the pub chain takes this very seriously and will make sure it never happens again."

An official complaint has been made and the incident has been reported as homophobic, with the Met office confirming: "An allegation that a homophobic incident took place was reported."

Now the pub is beginning its own investigation on the incident. A spokesperson for the establishment said: “The deputy general manager has been suspended pending an investigation. There is a police investigation and a Punch Taverns investigation and he has been suspended while that takes place.”

“He is going through the internal procedures and has spoken to police.”

“We accept that customers were denied service and we are investigating the grounds on which this took place.”

“We have this morning contacted all of our general managers and pub teams to remind them of our equal opportunity policy and will seek to work with external partners to further enhance our training to ensure that inclusion remains at the heart of it.”

 

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