Chris Huhne backs campaign to ‘Save the Pub’

Mija bar

The Mija Bar. One of two boarded up Pubs in Eastleigh town centre

Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the budget to back the campaign to save the pub.

Mr Huhne pointed out that more than 7,500 pubs have closed and more than 70,000 jobs have been lost since 2005.

Mr Huhne commented: “Local pubs have been even harder hit than the national trend” said Mr Huhne “and it is time for the Chancellor to give them a break in whatever way he can.

“In addition, binge drinking on supermarket deals has been encouraged as there is nothing to stop sales to young people at pocket money prices”.

This is the text of Chris Huhne’s letter to the Chancellor:

“As I am sure you will agree, pubs are an essential part of British culture, and often form the economic and social heart of local communities. However, the economic downturn has hit pubs hard, and dozens are closing every week. I have received letters of concerns from a number of my constituents on this issue.

Since 2005, 7,500 pubs have closed and more than 70,000 jobs lost, affecting every single constituency in the UK. In the current economic climate, many of these people will not easily find new jobs, and many of these will remain closed forever. I am therefore writing to ask what measures you are taking or are going to take to stem the flow of pub closures, and to help independent pubs and those in small communities to stay afloat in these difficult economic times.

I would be grateful if you could let me have your thoughts on the points above, and I look forward to receiving your response.”

http://www.savethepub.co.uk/

  3 comments for “Chris Huhne backs campaign to ‘Save the Pub’

  1. March 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    I wonder if Mr. Huhne supported the banning of smoking in pubs?
    This legislation, more than any other, has led to the closure of pubs.
    The proof is in actions, not words, Mr. Huhne.

    Ray Finch.
    UKIP Eastleigh Parliamentary candidate.

  2. Peter Stewart
    March 24, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Ray Finch is right. The smoking ban (another disastrous EU initiative) has alienated many pub customers who don’t like standing outside in the freezing cold, wind, rain, snow, ice etc. to engage in a perfectly respectable and ancient, sociable custom (smoking). There is a close link between smoking and the buying of drinks, so if you reduce pub smoking, you reduce the sale of drinks in pubs etc. It does not need a large drop in turnover to push a pub out of business. This has happened right across the UK. This smoking ban has cost thousands of jobs. The answer is to leave the EU and get British business working again. So get off your backsides and VOTE UKIP!

  3. sarah Smith
    March 24, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the above two!

    I do not go into Eastleigh drinking any more due to the smoking ban and neither do a lot of my friends!

    Why he is backing this particular pub is beyond me as it has not been there very long!!
    I’m wondering why he didn’t campaign for the Earth bar, Leigh hotel or the poor Golden Hind??? O yes I remember now! The first has been demolished and is awaiting planning permission to build flats, the second was turned into run down bedsits, and the third demolished and replaced with more flats! The Comrades club closed down and is being demolished and turned into flats. The Longmead in Bishopstoke has planning permission for… Yes you’ve gust it! MORE FLATS! I think I’ve answer my Question They can’t build flats on that site. Having another empty shop front looks bad for poor old beastly Eastleigh and Mr Huhne!

    An Eastleigh resident

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