Outspoken anti-pubco MP Greg Mulholland has called for reform of the beer tie to make it "fairer" and more "transparent".
The Leeds North West MP made the call in a new Early Day Motion (EDM) — a petition for MPs — calling for support for his new All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group.
EDM number 715 calls for "lower levels of beer duty, a more level playing field between on and off-trade pricing, reform of the current model of the tie to make it fairer and more transparent and addressing the market dominance of a few huge companies, the outlawing of restrictive covenants and changes to planning law that would offer much more protection to pubs".
Mulholland also wants local authorities to use all available powers to protect and support community pubs.
So far 20 MPs have signed up to the EDM, which was tabled yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Facebook campaign to "Save the Great British Pub" run by high profile licensee Inez Ward has smashed through the 100,000 member barrier.
The campaign now has 103,359.
• Join the Facebook group: Save the Great British Pub.