LABOUR MP Hywel Francis insists he's no hypocrite - after backing his party's proposals for 24-hour drinking but objecting to his local taking advantage of the new law.
When the Morpeth Arms applied for longer opening hours, its neighbour Dr Francis objected to the council, complaining it would "destroy the peaceful character of the locality".
But the 59-year-old Aberavon MP faced accusations of double standards because he voted nine times with the Government during the passage of the controversial Licensing Act through Parliament to give pubs freedom to open later or around-the-clock.
Dr Francis said his objection to Westminster City Council was evidence of the legislation working well, rather than double standards.
He told the Western Mail the Morpeth Arms, just yards from his London flat, was in a quiet residential area where late-night drinking was inappropriate.
He added, "I don't believe it's hypocrisy to vote for legislation and at the same time use that legislation as an individual citizen when varying licensing arrangements are not appropriate, as in certain residential areas."
The Morpeth Arms is a Grade II listed pub in the heart of the leafy Pimlico residential area, overlooking the River Thames.
Many of the neighbouring residents are politicians, living in Pimlico's attractive Georgian squares, a short walk from Westminster.
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis also lives near the Morpeth Arms and objected to the application but his party has long opposed the 24-hour drinking law, warning it will fuel Britain's binge drinking culture.
Accusing Dr Francis of hypocrisy, he said, "This is typical 'do as I say, not as I do'. He is prepared to visit all-night misery on our towns and cities in the form of 24-hour drinking but objects to even an hour's extension on his own doorstep."
Dr Francis said, "It is not hypocrisy to support legislation which gives power to individual citizens to make representations to their local authority."
The application was for an extension to sell alcohol for an extra hour a night.
The bid also includes permission for music and dancing until 11.30pm and an extra 30 minute drinking up period each night.
Morpeth Arms landlady Jo Henderson said while the application took in music and dancing there was simply no room for either inside.
The intention was to open for one extra hour in the last Friday of each month, to coincide with the special late night opening of the nearby Tate Britain art gallery. But the application has attracted 56 complaints, making it the second most controversial application in Westminster.