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Pubs are under threat, we must act to save them


Published Sep 14, 2017

The threat to our pubs is also a threat to an important part of our society and culture says Paul Nuttall MEP.

Reacting to the news that 28,000 pubs have closed, almost a third of the total number, since the early 1970’s, Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP for the North West of England said:
“It is a sad fact that government policy over the past twenty years has seen the demise of a great British institution. Whether that is constant tax hikes, twenty-four hour drinking licenses, the blanket smoking ban and now the business rate re-valuation. It has also resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs and millions of pounds in revenue.”

“The government also need to understand that pubs are good for local communities in so many ways, not least providing places for people to meet and drink responsibly in a safe, controlled environment.”

“We must fight to protect our heritage and that means working towards policies that ensure that the great British pub flourishes and does not die a slow and sorry death. If we do not reverse this decline, we will witness the disappearance of a part of British culture.”

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