20th April 2009
Fair Pint Lobby Day, 20th May 2009
On Wednesday 20th May, tied tenants from across the UK will be travelling to Westminster to highlight the problems that the tied pub sector is currently facing.
Tied tenants will be meeting with their local MPs in the Houses of Parliament to let them know about the pressures they face and asking MPs for their support in bringing about an end to the tie.
The Fair Pint campaign will also be launching a new report on the day to highlight the background to the current problems being suffered by tied pubs, and to call on the Government to act now so that tenants can compete in a fair market.
Publicans can register for the lobby day on the Fair Pint website www.fairpint.org.uk. The Fair Pint campaign will be supporting local publicans who want to take part in the lobby day, providing them with letters, briefing material and information on how to contact their MP.
Brian Jacobs a founder member of the Fair Pint Campaign said:
"The Fair Pint campaign has been successful in bringing attention to the effects of the tie, now it is time for publicans to press MPs to take action to end the tie and to save our pubs.
"For too long the voice of tenants hasn’t been heard at Westminster. The Fair Pint Lobby Day will allow publicans from around the country to get their voice heard and inform MPs about how the tie is destroying their livelihoods.
"The Lobby Day is our opportunity to demonstrate how publicans feel about the tie and how Government action is needed to save our pubs"
Notes for editors
1. The Lobby Day will give MPs the opportunity to hear from tied tenants in their constituencies about the problems they are facing.
2. MPs have been invited to a briefing session to be held in the House of Commons between 1.00 and 4.00pm in the Thatcher Room.
3. The Lobby will launch the Fair Pint report on the impact if the tie and the actions we want to see from Government.
4. Publicans and supporters wishing to participate in the day should register with the Fair Pint campaign by contacting us on 0207 222 3533 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, they can sign up for the Lobby Day and access further information at the Fair Pint website, at the following link: http://www.fairpint.org.uk/lobbyday.html