Hugo Swire MP joins campaign to save Red Lion pub in Sidbury

By Ellie Bothwell

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Hugo Swire MP was a frequent customer at the pub when he lived in Sidbury
Hugo Swire MP was a frequent customer at the pub when he lived in Sidbury
Hugo Swire MP has become a patron for the Save the Red Lion campaign, dedicated to retaining the pub in Sidbury, east Devon.

Swire, who has been Conservative MP for East Devon since 2001 and is Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, announced his decision at the Red Lion pub on Friday, three months after Punch Taverns put the pub up for sale.

He said he would be very concerned for the village if the Red Lion did not continue as a pub should be at the heart of a thriving village like Sidbury.

Swire committed to fully supporting the campaign and agreed to work to maximise the support from the Department for Communities and Local Government, who are responsible for ensuring local community assets are retained.

He said he frequently visited the Red Lion when he lived in Sidbury for many years and expressed his fondness for both the pub and the village.

Save The Red Lion campaign chair Fred Burnett said: “It was terrific that our local MP Hugo Swire found the time to come along to the Red Lion to meet so many campaign supporters and to show public support for the pub. We are immensely pleased that Hugo has so quickly agreed to become a Patron to the campaign to retain the Red Lion.”

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