What are Jeremy Corbyn's views on pubs?

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What are Jeremy Corbyn's views on pubs?

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Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the Opposition, is a teetotaller, and despite delivering his victory speech in a Westminster pub, he hasn’t spoken often on them in parliament. But that hasn’t stopped him supporting a wide range of pub-related motions in the House of Commons across his career.

In the last parliament, he was a signatory for many of Save the Pub group chair and Liberal Democrat MP, Greg Mulholland’s early day motions.

Broadly speaking, he has put his name to parliamentary business which is against large pub companies, and has been a signatory for motions supporting licensees, music in pubs and community pubs in general.

Most recently, he was one of only 10 MPs to sign an early day motion supporting ‘Paul’s Pledge’ – a campaign against alcohol-fuelled violence​.

In the last few parliament, Corbyn has supported Mulholland’s motions on:

He has also supported one from Lib Dem Julian Huppert on the BBPA "‘pursing’ judicial review against Cambridge City Council's supplementary planning policy for pubs despite being introduced by a democratically-elected council.​"

In earlier parliaments, he supported in 2008 a broad motion​ forwarded by the now leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron to:

'Celebrate(s) the work done by publicans in the UK in bringing people together and providing a hub for local communities; expresses grave concerns at the conduct of those breweries and pub chains who in some cases make it very difficult for landlords to earn a living by raising rent charges; and calls on the Government to prevent the exploitation of pub landlords and to help save the great British pub.​’

And another from Mulholland on bank lending to licensees:

"That this House is deeply concerned by reports from licensees and pub owners that they have been unable to access credit and have been told by bank representatives that it is their policy not to offer finance to pubs; is worried that pubs like many small businesses are often dependent on such credit lifelines, particularly during such difficult economic times;"

In 2003 he supported a motion on Jazz in pubs​.

In earlier years, he was in favour of ensuring 100% 'full pints' were served in the pub​, following CAMRA research suggesting they were 80% liquid. 

He wasn’t a fan of BskyB putting up its subscription rates for clubs and bars in 2004…http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2003-04/1565

In 1999, he was one of only 14 supporters for the Early Day on the Government's proposals​ to increase duty on draft beer by 1 per cent, which ‘will particularly hit rural pubs and traditional British family brewers, such as the Hook Norton Brewery.’

And as far back as 1992, he had pubs on his mind, when he supported a motion calling for the government​ to introduce legislation eliminating restrictions that only allow two live musicians to perform on licenced premises without entertainment licensees.

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