An MP has been barred from a restaurant in his constituency over his decision to vote against providing 80% furlough to workers.

Damien Moore, who represents Southport, has been told not to enter Bistro Bar Med on Coronation Walk after also refusing to back a motion to provide free school meals for children.

Gino Mendi, the restaurant’s owner, says Mr Moore is “not a true representative” for the people of Southport.

Mr Mendi said: “Damien Moore is barred from my establishment, and will no doubt not be allowed to enter many others.

“What he promised before the election compared with what he has delivered now is a joke. Southport is in decline, and myself and friends in the hospitality industry are really struggling.

“People cannot live on two thirds of their wages.

“Mr Moore promised to revive Southport, and he’s doing the opposite.

“I am not a politician, I am not into politics, but he is in no way a true representative of our town.”

Damien Moore, Southport MP

LancsLive reported on Saturday how a Lancaster shop banned its local MP from entering its premises after he voted against extending free school meals during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, a motion was put forward by the Labour Party, calling for “fairer funding” for areas in Tier 3 of the government’s new restrictions.

But despite his constituency being subjected to the toughest restrictions, Mr Moore voted against the motion.

The motion failed, meaning those unable to go to work will be paid just 67% of their previous incomes.

Later in the day, the House of Commons debated another Labour motion which backed footballer Marcus Rashford’s call to extend free school meals for the poorest children across the upcoming half-term holidays.

The motion was also voted down by the Conservatives.

Several Conservative backbenchers supported the calls for vouchers to be provided, but Mr Moore was not one of them.

The LDRS understands Damien Moore was back in Southport at the time of the Free School Meals vote and therefore could not participate.

Wirral South Labour MP Alison McGovern didn’t cast a vote on either motion, and said this was due to being “paired” with an opposition MP.

In a tweet on Thursday, she said: “I didn’t abstain. If I had been present, so would the Tory I was paired with and the result would have been the same.”

Damien Moore was approached for comment but failed to respond by the time of publication.

Bistro Bar Med is offering free takeaway meals to struggling families on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays of each week.

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