..you ain’t never gonna be respectable
(apologies to anyone born after 1987)
Parliament is currently considering laws which would give local residents greater power to object to “gentlemen’s clubs” which have grown in number substantially since the Government relaxed the licensing laws. But the plans for a tougher regime hit a hurdle in the House of Lords, after Tory, Liberal and cross-bench peers raised objections to the classification of lap dancing venues as “sex encounter” clubs.
When the measures contained in the Policing and Crime Bill came before the Lords last month, peers tabled a series of amendments designed to see off the move on the grounds that lap dancers should not be labelled sex workers. Viscount Bridgeman (see the respectable, elected peer below), the Conservative home affairs spokesman, suggested that dancers would have a problem finding work in future if they were “stigmatised” in job interviews.
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