Martin set to stand for Parliament

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Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin wants to stand for Parliament ­ to stop local councils gaining control of licensing and prevent the trade "sleepwalking...

Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin wants to stand for Parliament ­ to stop local councils gaining control of licensing and prevent the trade "sleepwalking its way towards reform that will prove disastrous and costly". He's prepared to help fund a new political party ­ he's calling it Action Against Control Freaks ­ and is calling for licensees to sign up to it. "Your own survey revealed that 94% of licensees do not want town halls running their lives," he told the Morning Advertiser. "I don't believe the general public will respond any differently. And they certainly won't appreciate the price of their pint going up ­ and that's exactly what I'm sure will happen." Martin says he's not worried the next general election might be four years away ­ with reform possibly already in place. "The bill might have been passed by then, but I think it's most unlikely the new system it brings in will be up and running," he said. "If we're elected to Parliament, we can stop it in its tracks." Martin denied his new-found desire to become an MP was "an ego thing". He insisted: "We all want more liberal licensing hours, but that will come anyway. What we don't want is the disastrous reform package the Government is proposing.

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