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Pub protection: The Casked Crusader strikes again

Ten days ago, pubs in England unexpectedly won the right to planning protection, as the Government conceded the closing of a loophole that has allowed many good pubs to be converted into convenience stores without needing planning permission.

The news was released by Planning Minister Gavin Barwell to Lib Dem Pub Champion Greg Mulholland, whose record in championing pubs has led him to be hailed as ‘The Casked Crusader’ by none other than the Sun newspaper, and loathed by lobbyists for the under-fire pubcos the BBPA.  Most notably he has led the campaign for a statutory Pubs Code and Adjudicator for tied pub tenants, delivered by Vince Cable and Jo Swinson in Government and defeating the Coalition Government in the process to secure ‘Mulholland’s Law’.
After falling victim to an orchestrated Labour coup to oust him as Chair of the All-Party Save The Pub Group, Greg has continued to press for relief from business rate increases (alongside PPCs Kelly-Marie Blundell and Daisy Cooper), for a Pubs Code in Scotland where tied tenants have no such protection, and for planning reform.  He also continues to fight for better working of the Pubs Code and a change of Adjudicator after the current Government appointed someone accused of inaction and serious conflicts of interest.

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    There was something about that 1970's generation of Liberal campaigners that we need to replicate today. Since 1986 I live in Brockwell Ward in Chesterfield...
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    Thanks for this article James, I agree. I had commented on a separate thread with some similar points before I read yours! I completely agree...
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    Good thinking, James. A sure fire way to persuade the four and a half million people who voted Lib Dem in 2010 (but didn't in...
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    @David Raw, I've corrected your statement below: "That’s a great comfort, Julian. I’ll pass it on to the recipients of the 6,000 food parcels and...