Miliband: Labour wrong on 24-hour licensing

By Ewan Turney

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Miliband: we can’t just stand for the onward march of commercialisation
Miliband: we can’t just stand for the onward march of commercialisation
Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party got it wrong on 24-hour licensing — and failed local people.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said his party got it wrong on 24-hour licensing.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph​ Miliband said that New Labour had payed its role in the pillaging of Britain, sometimes failing to "be defenders of things people valued against the encroachment of the market".

On the relaxation of the licensing laws, he added: "Local people are worrying about what's happening to their high streets.

"This isn't about being Luddite or saying we have to preserve Britain in aspic. It's about saying we can't just stand for the onward march of commercialisation."

Labour introduced the Licensing Act 2003, which came into effect in 2005, which allowed pubs to extend opening hours. The Coalition Government has since announced plans to introduce a late night levy and Early Morning Restriction Orders to cut back opening hours.

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