A pub company boss-turned-MP, who has experience of running tied pubs, has been appointed to the new-look committee that is scrutinising pub company reform, writes John Harrington. Simon Kirby, co-founder of Brighton-based C-Side, is among the six new MPs on the Business, Innovation & Skills Committee (BISC). New MPs have been appointed after former members were given jobs in the shadow cabinet. Conservative MP Kirby, elected in May to represent Brighton Kemptown, sold C-Side with business partner Martin Webb when it had 28 pubs and bars for £14m in 2001. The estate was a mixture of free-of-tie pubs and tied sites, and during his time with C-Side, the company held leases with major pub groups, including Enterprise Inns.