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Landmark victory for pub goers and beer drinkers! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sheryl Waterhouse   
Friday, 21 November 2014 01:02

On Tuesday, a decision by MPs helped defeat the Government in a crucial Parliamentary vote that will secure the future of the Great British Pub. This landmark victory saw the Government defeated by 284 votes to 259 as MPs from all parties voted to introduce a market rent only option for licensees tied to the big pub companies.

Achieving this will help spell the end of Pubco licensees being forced out of business through high rents and tied product prices. The family brewers (who generally treat their licensees fairly) will not be affected.

The defeat in the report stage of the small business and enterprise bill is a setback for the government chief whip, Michael Gove, and an extraordinary victory for the cross-party free pubs campaign, marshalled by the MP Greg Mulholland with the support of Labour.

The bitter taste left in the mouth of Pendle CAMRA members is that local Conservative MP Andrew Stephenson, despite his much publicised (and photographed) interest in local pubs and the Colne Beer Festival, voted with the government in an attempt to support the Pubcos against the best interest of Pendle's struggling licensees.


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