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Nov 20th, 2014

Pubs: we’ve won!

By Amy Lockwood

Fantastic news – our people-powered pubs campaign has defeated the government!

On Tuesday night, the government was forced to pass a law which bans pub companies from charging their landlords rip-off rents. This was an unfair practice which squeezed the pennies of our local pub landlords while those at the top of pub chains made huge profits.

It’s great news for our pubs – and proves that people-power works. Over 45,000 of us signed a petition calling for an end to the Great British Pub Scandal – then over 2500 of us emailed our MPs to make sure they voted the right way. And they did.

But it wasn’t an easy win – up until the last minute it looked like MPs would vote the wrong way. Then they u-turned – and this doesn’t happen often. In fact, Tuesday’s vote was the government’s first defeat on one of their bills since the coalition formed in 2010.
This proves just how powerful we are together. The government was on the side of giant corporations, until we spoke up.

Click here to see if your MP is a pub hero (just scroll towards the bottom of the webpage and you can see the ‘ayes’). If your MP voted the right way, you could send them an email to say thank you. Just click here to send an email.

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