General Election 2015

'Pub champion' Mulholland misses crowd funding target

By Emily Sutherland

- Last updated on GMT

Mulholland with the Otley Pub Club
Mulholland with the Otley Pub Club

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Greg Mulholland, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate and ‘pub champion’ has fallen short of his election campaign crowd funding target.

Only £966 has been raised out of a £3,000 target, with today the final day for donations.

Mulholland started the campaign last month, with the money raised earmarked for producing leaflets, making phone calls and for further campaigns calling for stronger planning laws and reduced beer duty.

The crowdfunding campaign drew support from PMA readers, with one commenter noting: “Many constituents would do well do have a hard-working MP like Greg. Crowdfunding seems like a novel way of raising funds and personally I look forward to his re-election.”

Fellow Lib Dem and pub campaigner Gareth Epps, who is standing against the last community pubs minister Kris Hopkins in Keighley, was among those who donated.

Self-styled ‘pub champion’ Mulholland has been a vocal support of the industry throughout his time as an MP, navigating recent pub code legislation through the House of Commons. He is also a key member of the Otley Pub Club, which became the first town in the UK to have all its pubs listed as assets of community value.

Mulholland is defending a strong Lib Dem strong majority of 9,103 in the constituency of Leeds North West, having first won the seat in 2005. 

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Great news indeed

Posted by david,

Greg's result is even more remarkable in light of the national picture of the LibDems' nightmare.

Clearly Greg had a large personal vote, and the good people of Leeds North-West obviously recognise a man of integrity and commitment.

Well done to everyone who helped to bring this about.

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Pub Champion re-elected.

Posted by Robert Sayles,

GREAT NEWS.....Greg Mulholland re-elected!...Congratulations to all concerned.

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The similarity between Exodus and Tied Pubs - the slaves cant leave fast enough

Posted by Anti-Pub Self Regulation,

It is a pity that Greg M has to rely on tied publicans who have small pockets for financial support. Those tied publicans waiting for their tax credits to arrive in their bank account are obviously not in a position to help financially.

The irony is that Moses’s followers were given the dignity of being called slaves – the typical poor tied publican doesn't even have that dignity or recognition.

I have no idea where Leeds North-West is but for the last three years I could have told you who was the MP there without hesitation. Greg M has an extremely loyal supporter base that has provided significant non-financial support to him and will continue to do so in the future. Had he been recently recognised by an award from CAMRA, there would not be an ongoing and compelling campaign to have the award rescinded.

When I read about the PMA’s pursuit of “best practices” I spilt my beer. Thank goodness I had only paid £1.45 a pint from my local supermarket (significantly cheaper than 12 months ago) rather than the £3.95 I would have paid at a tied pub (a lot more expensive than a year ago). Of course I would expect a PMA headline story trying to explain or explore why tied beer is so expensive but obviously journalistic “best practices” are still evolving around pressing key industry matters.

Good luck Greg M - we thank you for all your efforts!!

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