Publican campaign reaches Commons

The Publican’s Proud of Pubs campaign has won recognition in the
House of Commons in the week the CMPi magazine celebrated its 1000th
issue.

Labour MP John Grogan has tabled a Commons motion
congratulating The Publican on its campaign and the industry on a
successful first six months of the new licensing regime.

The
campaign, launched last year to highlight the positive face of the pub
industry, will now target MPs from across the House to sign up to the
“Proud of Pubs motion” and show their support for the campaign charter
– and recognize the “armageddon” that many were predicting with
extended opening hours and the new licensing regime has not come to
pass.

The campaign charter called on licensees to support
measures such as not serving anyone who is drunk and not allowing
unaccompanied children on the premises but recognised that the “vast
majority” of pubs in the UK trade responsibly and that the
liberalisation of licensing laws had achieved a positive effect on
alcohol-related disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Daniel
Pearce, the Publican’s deputy editor said the title would strive to
take the campaign further. “We’re hoping that the campaign will go from
strength to strength – we’re encouraging our readers to write to their
MPs to get behind the campaign and recognise the positive aspects of a
law abiding trade which brings joy to the nation.”

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