I’ve always loved pubs. I don’t know why. I’ve just always loved pubs, every since I was a child. Real pubs, proper pubs in their many types in all different kids of communities and locations in this great country of ours.
Pubs are at the heart of our communities. Pubs are part of our history and our heritage as a nation. Yet as a nation we are standing by and watching so many close, that need not close and accepting excuses from companies who have an interest in closing them – and preventing someone else running them – and from politicians who use (or accept) excuses as to why not to allow other people to take and run them.
Noone was really standing up for the Great British Pub in the House of Commons, so I decided I would and I formed the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group in 2009. I and we’ve been involved in the successful campaigns for lower beer duty, for better recognition for pubs in the planning system and masterminded the campaign for the market rent only option for tied pubco landlords. Yet there is much more to do – and much of it could be done simply – with the political will. I will continue to lead the fight to make these things happen and to stop so many pubs closing that need not close; and yes, I will carry on visiting and commenting on pubs, the good, the bad and the mediocre up and down this still pub filled land.
Greg Mulholland MP
Chair, Parliamentary Save the Pub Group