Campaigner invites pubcos to showdown talks

By Ewan Turney

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Ward, with Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, wants talks with the trade
Ward, with Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, wants talks with the trade
Pub tenant rights campaigner Inez Ward is to host a meeting for disgruntled tenants, trade bodies, pubcos and MPs. Ward, who runs the Justice for...

Pub tenant rights campaigner Inez Ward is to host a meeting for disgruntled tenants, trade bodies, pubcos and MPs.

Ward, who runs the Justice for Licensees campaign, is to send out invitations for the meeting at the Gallery Nightclub in Paignton, Devon on 13 May to Punch, Enterprise, Greene King, Marston's, Admiral and Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises.

Justice for Licensees recently received full backing from trade union Unite for its campaign for a fair deal for tenants — with the union promising support for a protest march on Parliament in June against licensees' treatment by both the Government and pubcos.

Ward led the Pubco Protest march on the HQ's of Punch and Enterprise in January.

Also invited to the meeting are vociferous anti-pubco MP Greg Mulholland, licensing minister Gerry Sutcliffe and Tory shadow minister for licensing Tobias Ellwood as well as trade groups and licensees including Fair Pint members and rebels from Sheffield.

"Enough is enough," said Ward. "The continual barrage of attack on a part of Britain's history, heritage and culture from within and without will no longer be tolerated.

"This meeting is to let licensees voice their concerns and in the interests of balance, fairness and transparency, I have invited the pubcos to listen.

"They will get the opportunity to listen to the concerns of their tenants and speak to those attending if they wish."

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