Prime Minister tells publicans: "Give me the evidence of pubco abuse

By James Wilmore

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Prime Minister Gordon Brown has urged GMB union members to tell him if there is evidence of "abuses" in the pubco system - and he will refer it to...

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has urged GMB union members to tell him if there is evidence of "abuses" in the pubco system - and he will refer it to the Office of Fair Trading.

The Publican​ also understands that the Prime Minister has committed to a meeting at 10 Downing Street with members of the Fair Pint campaign and the GMB.

Speaking at the GMB annual conference in Blackpool today Brown said a government report on the pubcos would be out "by the summer".

"Come to me and I will refer it to the OFT, if there is evidence of abuses happening," he said.

"The issue is the subject of a report that will be out by the summer."

Brown was responding to a question from the floor from Iris Walters - GMB regional vice president, Yorkshire and North Derbyshire region - who claimed there was "exploitation" happening in the industry.

She also asked for the Prime Minister to support a push to have an exemption on the beer tie removed from EC competition rules.

Members of Fair Pint met with Gordon's Brown advisors just prior to taking the stage.

Karl Harrison of Fair Pint told The Publican​ at the conference: "We are encouraged that No.10 is aware of our concerns."

The government is due to respond to the highly critical BEC inquiry by next month.

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