An MP who sits on the committee that has produced highly critical reports into tenanted pub companies has been elected as the new President of the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group.
Brian Binley, an outspoken member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (BISC), replaces Dennis Turner (Lord Bilston) who died last month.
Former Save the Pub Group vice-chair Binley, Conservative MP for Northampton South, is an outspoken supporter of a statutory code to govern the relationship between pubcos and their tenants.
Save the Pub Group chair Greg Mulholland MP said: “I am delighted that Brian Binley has been elected as the new President of the Group. He has a long track record in supporting the great British pub and hardworking publicans as well as being a founding officer.”
Mulholland will remain as chair of the Group and Caroline Nokes (Con, Romsey and Southampton North) has joined Grahame Morris (Lab, Easington) as vice chair to replace Binley.
Mulholland added: “Caroline has been proactive in campaigning against pub closures, for lower beer duty and in highlighting the unfairness of the pubco tie and is a great new addition to the team. I look forward to another successful year campaigning with Brian, Grahame and Caroline to preserve and promote the Great British pub”.
There are now more than 130 members and peers in the Group.
Binley said: “I’m delighted to be elected President of the Save the Pubs Group which allows me to continue to work with Greg Mulholland to fight to retain a vital social resource which helps to define Britain’s uniqueness.
“Britain’s pubs are under massive threat from the unsustainable financial structure of the large pubco’s and Vince Cable must respond positively to the BIS Select Committee’s proposals if we are to help landlords achieve that objective.”