Last week MPs from all parties secured a humiliating parliamentary defeat on the Government, which must now stop dragging its feet and deliver a fair deal for local pubs.
Too many valued community pubs are falling by the wayside. 27 close every week and 57 per cent of landlords who are tied to a large pub owning company earn less than £10,000 a year.
These are scandals which must be addressed, so I was proud to support the new clause which gives licensees the option of going free of tie – so that they can buy their beers on the open market – whenever they negotiate a new contract. This is the best way to ensure that large pub companies offer fair terms to their licensees.
I have backed calls for a proper statutory code with teeth on pub companies, giving tenants the protection they need and putting an end to the unfair treatment they’ve received from large pub companies. Such plans have won support from a broad coalition of campaigners including CAMRA, the Federation of Small Business, trade unions and the cross-party BIS Select Committee.
It is a scandal that community pubs aren’t getting a fair deal. The Government needs to stand up to the pub owning giants and show our locals and the people who use them just whose side they are on.