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Bristol Tory fails to support local pubs


Charlotte Leslie MP claims to stand with Bristol’s pub industry but votes against measures to support it - Darren Jones

Labour used an opposition day debate on Tuesday to demand the that the Government take action to support Bristol’s pubs and ensure that they can continue to make the vital contribution that they do to Bristol’s communities and economy. The motion called on the Government to action their previous promises to bring in a statutory code to protect small landlords from being exploited by pub companies.


Conservative MP for Bristol North West Charlotte Leslie supported the Government and voted against the motion.


Darren Jones, Labour’s Parliamentary candidate for Bristol North West responded:


“Landlords are looking to their MP’s to stand up for them and secure them a fair deal in their relationships with the pubco’s – yet today we have seen that the Conservative MP for Bristol North West is happy to back local pubs here in Bristol but tells a different story when voting in Westminster.


“Pubs make a huge contribution to the local economy, and in a city like ours, with bustling tourism and a lively student population, they are a prominent part of what makes Bristol as special as it is. A year ago the Government said they’d take action but twelve months later they’ve failed to do. Ministers to stop dragging their feet and take the action they promised to ensure they can remain so, but more so, we need our elected representatives to be making that case for us too.


“I just don't understand why having supported local pubs before, this decision was taken. I am genuinely trying to understand why, and I’m sure Charlotte’s constituents will be keen to know too.”

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