Punch Taverns and MP Greg Mulholland in war of words

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Punch Taverns and Greg Mulholland MP clash over beer prices
A spat has broken out between Punch Taverns and Save the Pub group chairman and MP Greg Mulholland over beer prices and deposits. 

A series of letters have been sent between the two following Mulholland’s open letter earlier this month asking for reassurances that its tenants are secure in the event that the company goes into administration.

Punch chairman Stephen Billingham responded and said the commercial reality is that no administrator would refuse to repay deposits.

In December during Prime Ministers Question Time Mulholland asked PM David Cameron to intervene over “crony capitalism” and accused Punch of overcharging the consumer on beer alone by £4.3m. Punch responded claiming the figures did not stand up to scrutiny.

Accusations

The ongoing spat has seen Mulholland responded with another letter to central operations director Andy Slee asking him to clarify why he considered previous comments made were a “series of wild accusations”.

Mulholland has also launched an Early Day Motion calling for a statutory code claiming that Punch Taverns, made  “an extraordinary £2.271 billion profit between 2002 and 2012 on selling beer to their own tied licensees”.

Punch Taverns has again responded and has offered to meet Mulholland to discuss his concerns about the company. Punch has again disputed the figures put forward by the MP.

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