We are losing the pubs at the heart of many of our communities because of their unfair 'ties' to big pub companies.
By Martin Horwood MP
We're losing the traditional British pub at the rate of about 40 a week, thousands a year. The alarm bells have been ringing for years now. The time has come to act.
This week I introduced a ten minute rule bill into the Commons that would attack the problem. Ten minute rule bills don't often make it onto the statute book - the last was an act in 2002 which forced taxis to accept guide dogs - but this is an unusually long parliamentary session and the bill has wide cross-party backing so I'm not without hope. Especially when the Campaign for Real Ale, the Fair Pint Campaign and the Federation of Small Businesses are standing by to mobilise support in the country.
My Cheltenham predecessor Nigel Jones told the Lords quite rightly in 2008: "A pub does not just sell beer. It is a social centre, providing meals and snacks, raising money for localRead More »from This is how we save our pubs