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.”