Rogerson backs safeguards to protect community pubs

Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, Dan Rogerson, has added his voice to calls to reform the pub industry.

Mr Rogerson, Vice-Chair of the cross-party Beer Group in Parliament, was a sponsor of a motion debated in the House of Commons yesterday (Thursday) afternoon which called on the Government to introduce a statutory code of practice for the pub industry. The motion was passed unanimously by MPs.

During the debate Dan intervened to stress that legal safeguards are needed as a backstop to protect those who run local pubs against the actions of some large pub companies.

It is hoped that changes to the way the industry is regulated would allow landlords more freedom with the way they run their pubs, helping to reduce the numbers of pub closures and protect jobs.

Commenting after the debate, Dan Rogerson MP said:

“Local pubs are important community hubs in our towns and villages, so it is important that we do all we can to support them.

“I am clear that I don’t want to see regulation that is un-necessary, but there needs to be a sufficient backstop where large pub companies are throwing their weight around to the detriment of hardworking publicans and community pubs.”