MPs call for a pub code

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A DURHAM MP has backed a Labour party plan to support landlords and help local pubs survive.

Easington MP Grahame Morris joined Labour colleagues in Parliament in voting to introduce a new code to support small landlords and give consumers greater choice.

An estimated 26 pubs are closing each week in Britain and the large chains of pub companies (PubCos) have been accused of overcharging landlords for their alcoholic products.

Labour dragged ministers to the House of Commons in an Opposition Day debate to demand that the Government introduces legislation in this year’s Queen’s Speech to support local pubs.

Mr Morris MP is calling for a code to include a free-of-tie option, open market rent reviews and an independent pubs adjudicator. The code is being backed by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the Federation of Small Businesses and trade unions.

Mr Morris said: “Pubs are vital hubs for communities in East Durham and are valued strongly by local people, but due to the Tory-led Government’s inaction and broken promises on backing small landlords, they are closing at an ever-increasing rate.

“We need to back our local pubs. That’s why I voted again for a statutory code to be put in place, including a non-tied option for publicans.”