Mark Drakeford is still barred from dozens of pubs in Wales, with the chairman of a pub watch scheme saying he will never be welcome. In December 2020, Mr Drakeford was barred from every pub on the pub watch scheme because landlords felt his Covid restrictions were too extreme, including the ban on alcohol sales in hospitality settings as well as the 6pm curfew as the prevalence of the virus grew as Christmas got closer.
This week, Mr Drakeford announced he will soon stand down as First Minister of Wales, with the process for his successor already underway. But if he visits this part of Wales, he may struggle to get himself a pint. Phil Ashe, chairman of Llandudno Pub Watch and the vice-chair of West Conwy Pub Watch, told North Wales Live: “Mark Drakeford is not welcome in our pubs, and he never will be because of the damage he caused all the pubs during the pandemic. We currently have 90 odd members, and Mark Drakeford is still barred. Most pubs and businesses are still struggling because of him.”