I was asked about the alarming news that licensees of five pubs in our city are quitting. Here’s the Evening News article on this issue and below is my full response.
“Pubcos have been getting themselves an increasingly bad reputation for using sharp practice to boost their profits. As it stands, it is far too difficult for landlords, landladies and local communities to stand up to injustices.
Labour will change that by introducing new powers to protect community hubs from pubs to post offices. And because it is clear that the fate of these pubs in our city is part of a much bigger injustice, we will set up a national review of local pubs and a joint task force that will consider all of the issues to do with the sustainability of pubs.”