Greg Mulholland, the Liberal Democrat MP who successfully organised the backbench rebellion which will change the law that governs the relationship between pubs and the big pub companies, visited the Willoughby Arms in North Kingston on Tuesday 20th January for an event organised by Robin Meltzer, the North Kingston Parliamentary candidate.
Greg Mulholland MP said:
"I was delighted that Robin Meltzer invited me to visit North Kingston and the wonderful Willoughby Arms, a proper community local pub, to discuss the work of the Parliamentary Save the Pub group with publican Rick Robinson and other licensees."
"It was great to hear how much local support there is in Kingston for much-needed reform of the unfair Pubco model, and for planning changes that will protect pubs and give local communities a say over their future."
"I commend Robin, Rick Robinson at the Willoughby, and local CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members for all their support."
Robin Meltzer said:
"Greg Mulholland's victory in Parliament in November came after years of campaigning to break the 'beer tie' that prevented publicans who rented from one of the large Pub Companies from buying their beer for a fair price on the open market. This was driving publicans out of business and closing viable pubs. Responsibly run neighbourhood pubs are part of the fabric of our communities and must be protected."
"The next stage of the Save Our Pub Campaign is to reform the planning rules which allow pubs to be demolished and turned into supermarkets or estate agents without local communities even being given a say. This is an indefensible loophole in the law which needs to be closed and I look forward to campaigning with Greg on this issue in the weeks and months ahead."