Friday, 11 June 2010

ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY SAVE THE PUB GROUP PRESS RELEASE

Greg Mulholland MP re-elected Chair of All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group



-Leeds North West MP to continue leadership of Parliamentary group

-Northampton South MP elected as a Vice Chair



Issued: Friday June 11th 2010

Status: For immediate use



The post election re-launch meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group on Wednesday June 9th was attended by over a dozen MPs and saw Greg Mulholland MP (for Leeds North West) elected as the Chair; and Brian Binley MP (for Northampton South) and Lord Bilston as joint Vice Chairs.



The meeting also appointed CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale to provide secretariat support to the Group and approved plans for the formation of a new Executive Committee of MPs and Peers.



Greg Mulholland MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, said:



‘In the last Parliament the Save the Pub Group was successful in persuading the Government to take seriously the threats facing Britain’s pubs. The Group will build on this success in the new Parliament by effective campaigning on a whole range of issues including beer taxation, planning law, and reform of the beer tie.



‘Early priorities for the Group include maintaining progress on reform of the beer tie, working with the new Government on the Decentralisation and Localism Bill which will introduce a Community Right to Buy for pubs threatened with closure and the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill which will ban the below cost sale of alcohol.’



Jonathan Mail, CAMRA's Head of Policy and Public Affairs, said:



‘CAMRA is looking forward to supporting the Save the Pub Group in its objective to preserve and protect the British Pub. CAMRA will also be supporting MPs to run pub campaigns in their local constituencies in partnership with pub licensees and pub goers. The Save the Pub Group will undoubtedly play a key role in ensuring the Coalition Government bring forward a package of policies to support and incentivise well-run pubs.’



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