Labour MP and shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher is the latest MP to show his support for the agent of change principle, legislation which could protect pubs from closing due to noise complaints.

The Labour party has tabled two amendments to the House and Planning Bill calling for the government to adopt the principle, which states that developers who build close to ‘established’ venues will have to pay for soundproofing.

Dugher accused the Government of being ‘slow to act’ in stemming a wave of venue closures in a letter to Conservative culture secretary John Whittingdale.

He said: “Many small music venues are in crisis. This is far from unique to the capital to the capital. Venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol, Plymouth, Newport and Swindon, to mention just a few, have either closed or have had considerable threats of closure placed on their businesses in recent years.”

Dugher added that the current guidance given to planning authorities was ‘insufficient.’

The parliamentary Save the Pub group has backed the amendments, arguing they will provide much-needed support for pubs.

Chair Greg Mulholland said: “Live music is a vital part of many pubs, and of the communities which use them. The Agent of Change Principle firmly backs small business venues, including pubs.”