Mulholland urges Cameron to appoint pubs minister

By James Wilmore

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MP Greg Mulholland has written to David Cameron urging the government to appoint a new pubs minister and help community venues. The previous...

MP Greg Mulholland has written to David Cameron urging the government to appoint a new pubs minister and help community venues.

The previous government announced a host of measures to help community pubs - and Mulholland has asked the Prime Minister which of these will be implemented. He has also renewed calls for a pubs minister, to replace Labour's John Healey.

"It is imperative that pubs remain a major concern in government thinking," said Mulholland.

"Many of us in the industry are hoping the new government will show a great deal of commitment towards the industry. Appointing a minister for pubs would be one sure sign to the industry that the Coalition took its concerns seriously."

Brian Binley, vice chairman of the All-Party Save the Pub group, said appointing a pubs minister would show the government is "committed to enhancing the role pubs and clubs play in our communities".

CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner said: "Without this joined-up approach we risk more decisions like last week's to withdraw funding to support community-owned pubs - which should be the very essence of the Big Society."

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