Chuka Comments Ahead of Pubs Debate

Chuka Umunna MP, Streatham MP and Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on the Government’s acceptance of some of Labour’s proposals on pubs on the eve of an Opposition Day debate called by Labour, said:

“Pubs in my constituency and the whole of the capital are real community hubs and part of what makes our city so unique. It is an entire year since the House of Commons voted unanimously in favour of the urgent action needed to protect local pubs, but it is only after twelve months of inaction and a day before Labour is to force a vote on the issue that ministers have finally accepted that their self-regulatory model has failed.

“Labour MPs have led calls, alongside a broad coalition, for a proper statutory code to ensure fairness in the relationship between the big pub companies and their landlords. Ministers have finally decided to think again, but continue to fail to put in place many of the key protections for landlords which campaigners have long been calling for – for example it is still unclear whether their code will include a free-of-tie option to give landlords the freedom to buy their beer where they want. The government owes it to London pubs to give them a solution with real teeth.”