CHRISTMAS DIARY: Westminster council's licensing laws put on the New Year agenda

Westminster City Council used last week's annual pre-Christmas comms team drinks do to spell out the authority's New Year PR priorities.

Interrupting the chit-chat of former Tory Central Office spinners Gregor Mackay and Andrew Cooper, council leader Simon Milton - formerly APCO UK chairman - said that negotiating changes to licensing laws - which could bring in 24-hour bar opening - would be Westminster's 'big issue'.

He had the throng of journalists licking their lips when he added: 'So, if you want CCTV footage of drunk and disorderly behaviour, we're the council to call.'

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