MP Mary Creagh leads campaign against topless club plan

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An MP is calling for people to object to plans to open a topless club in the city centre.

Mary Creagh and three Wakefield councillors are campaigning against the club, which would be above Tequila Nightclub on Bank Street.

Fears have been raised that it would give the city a seedy image and promote sexist attitudes towards women.

Tequila Nightclub owner Kevin Spencer has insisted that the Pussy Cat Lounge, which would have topless dancing in private areas of the club, would be run safely and professionally.

But Ms Creagh said: “Strip clubs can change the character of a city and make it look and feel seedy.

“I want to make it clear that they are not welcome in Wakefield.”

Laws were changed by the last Labour government to make strip clubs apply for sex establishment licences, which are subject to public consultation and can be rejected by councils.

Ms Creagh said: “I have already written to Wakefield Council objecting to the application and I will be campaigning alongside councillors Margaret Isherwood, Betty Rhodes and Tracey Austin to stop this place opening up next to the refurbished Unity Hall and Wakefield Theatre.”

The proposed new venue would occupy two floors above Tequila.