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Community pubs minister Hopkins faces battle

By Ellie Bothwell

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Community pubs minister Hopkins faces battle

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An anti-pubco campaigner has decided to stand against Kris Hopkins in the election, in protest against his “poor record” as community pubs minister.

Gareth Epps, steering group member of the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign and a Campaign For Real Ale activist, said he will run as a Liberal Democrat candidate for Keighley, West Yorkshire, despite the fact he currently lives in Reading, to highlight “the threats facing the pub industry” and “Hopkins’ opposition to pub planning reform and the market rent-only option”.

“The Conservatives have continued to be the obstacles to reform in the industry,” he said.

“I will be campaigning for further pub protection and highlighting Hopkins’ poor record as a minister, which hasn’t been strong enough in protecting pubs.”

Hopkins was elected as Conservative MP for Keighley in 2010, with a 2,940 majority, and made community pubs minister in the July 2014 reshuffle.

Epps added: “There are pubs in Keighley that have either started to thrive once they’ve got free of pubco ownership or where there’s been some vigorous community campaigns to protect them.

It’s an area where local people clearly love their pubs and real ale and see them as focal points in the community.”

Former All Party Parliamentary Beer Group chair John Grogan is standing as Labour candidate for the town.

Hopkins’ office failed to respond to the PMA’s requests for comment.

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1 comment

Inventory

Posted by david,

I'm just compiling an inventory of everything Kris Hopkins has done for pubs since he got the job.

1) Erh . . . . . . .

2) Stand for re-election

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