A review of licensing laws and planning rules aimed at boosting pubs, restaurants and music venues would be launched in the first 100 days of a new Conservative government, the party has promised.

Ministers would look at ways to “crack down” on councils setting “disproportionate conditions and restrictions on licences” in a bid to cut red tape for businesses in the sector, the Conservatives said.

Labour said it was “time to call last orders on the Tories”.

Hospitality was hit hard by the Covid pandemic as venues were forced to shut and the sector’s recovery has been hampered by rising running costs, resulting in the closure of hundreds of pubs and clubs.

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