Majority of MPs back support for pubs
Support for pubs is a stated priority for nine out of ten prospective MPs in winnable seats, according to a new study.
A ComRes poll for the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) gauged the opinion of 101 election candidates and found that 97 per cent believe pubs are an important part of the British way of life.
In addition, 95 per cent of respondents claimed such establishments make a valuable contribution to the British economy.
Politicians also claimed pubs are an important aspect of communities in greater numbers than those who cited post offices, village halls or parish churches.
The BBPA's members account for more than half of the UK's 54,000 pubs.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the organisation, stated: "Candidates are rightly concerned about dozens of pubs closing each week in their own local communities and believe that more should be done to promote what is a great British institution."