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Ban glass in violent pubs and clubs, MP says

Nightclubs and pubs with a history of violent incidents should be forced to serve drinks in plastic bottles and cups, Labour MP Ian Lucas has said.

As he introduced his Plastic Glasses and Bottles (Mandatory Use) Bill to the Commons on 4 September 2012, Mr Lucas said a young woman from his constituency, Nicola Roberts, needed 17 stitches after being hit by a glass bottle thrown across a room while on a night out.

She contacted Mr Lucas to ask for his support in a campaign to ask for bars and clubs to use polycarbonate glasses and bottles.

"As long as glassing incidents continue to take place in pubs and clubs, it is the government's responsibility to take action to prevent more violence from occurring," Mr Lucas argued.

But his plans were strongly criticised by Tory MP Philip Davies, who said the plans were too much like the nanny state in action.

Instead, judges should hand out tougher prison sentences to those who use glass bottles violently, he said.

The bill received a first reading, but is unlikely to make further progress due to lack of parliamentary time.

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