Publican campaign wins MPs' support

The Publican's Proud of Pubs campaign has won recognition in the House of Commons in the same week the CMPi magazine celebrated its 1,000th issue.

Labour MP John Grogan has tabled a Commons motion congratulating the journal on its campaign and the industry on a successful first six months under the new licensing regime.

The Publican's campaign, launched last year to highlight the positive side of the pub industry, will now target MPs of all parties to sign up to the "Proud of Pubs motion", show their support for the campaign charter, and recognise that the increase in anti-social behaviour predicted with extended opening hours had not happened.

The campaign called on licensees to support measures such as not serving anyone who is drunk and not allowing unaccompanied children onto the premises, but recognised that the "vast majority" of pubs in the UK trade responsibly and that the liberalisation of licensing laws had achieved a positive effect on alcohol-related disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Daniel Pearce, The Publican's deputy editor, said the title would strive to take the campaign further. "We're hoping the campaign will go from strength to strength. We're encouraging our readers to write to their MPs to get behind the campaign and recognise the positive aspects of a law-abiding trade that brings joy to the nation."

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