MP pops in to aid beer battle

Gordon Marsden at the Pump and Truncheon
Gordon Marsden at the Pump and Truncheon
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Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has called on residents and visitors to back local pubs at a visit to The Pump and Truncheon on Bonny Street.

The MP was joined by local Campaign for Real Ale members in a bid to highlight their drive in Parliament to win a fairer deal for landlords tied to pub companies.

Mr Marsden, The Shadow Business Minister, last month launched his Back Blackpool Businesses campaign last month. He said: “It was great to visit one of Blackpool’s traditional ale pubs owned by our former Mayor Robert Wynne.

“The character and quality of a local pub makes enjoying a drink there much more unique. I would like to thank the members of CAMRA for coming along to support my ‘Back Blackpool Business’ campaign. CAMRA have done so much work to promote local pubs such as The Pump and Truncheon.”

The Early Day Motionsupports the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign by The Federation of Small Businesses and CAMRA. MPs are calling for a statutory code to regulate the relationship between PubCos and licensees.

“I have written to Vince Cable today to urge him to enact a statutory code as all these organisations have asked for given that attempts to persuade PubCos to do the decent thing voluntarily have come to nothing.”