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Bar Closures Not Needed in Parliament to Improve Culture, Suggest MPs

The clock face of Elizabeth Tower shows the hands at eleven o'clock at night, at the Houses of Parliament.

The clock face of Elizabeth Tower shows the hands at eleven o'clock at night, at the Houses of Parliament.

Photographer: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty Images

Shutting Parliament's bars is not necessary to improve standards among MPs, a Cabinet minister has suggested.

Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey was challenged over whether such a move is needed in response to recent scandals.