Guildford MP Anne Milton demonstrated her lack of support for local pubs and breweries by voting against the Small Business Bill amendment that ensures local pubs can get market-rate rent. Local residents actively asked Milton MP to support the Bill.
Alongside CAMRA and Fair Deal for Your Local Activists in Guildford, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Kelly-Marie Blundell wrote to Anne Milton, expressing the need to support the amendment to stop small pubs being forced out of business by extortionate rents and beer barrel prices.
Parliament heard the amendment on Tuesday 18th November 2014 and Milton, who replied to emails saying ”Pubs are vital” tweeted about the debate taking place. Her vote against Guildford and all local pubs was not similarly promoted.
With local pubs a key community hub in Guildford and surrounding villages, the Small Business Bill will ensure that landlords are not priced out of the market and risking the closure of local public houses. The bill will be heard on Tuesday 18th November 2014 in the House of Commons.
Kelly-Marie Blundell, who is a supporter of Campaign for Real Ale and “Fair Deal for Your Local” has backed the campaign to protect pubs and breweries, commented;
“With local pubs a critical part of village and town life around Guildford, Anne Milton MP paints herself as a local MP, has failed to stand up for those small businesses. This was her opportunity to put her money where her mouth is and support the amendment. Quite simply, she has failed to do this.
Local pubs are a vital part of our community, and the risk was that large companies could charge above market-rate rent, forcing many landlords out of business. I’m delighted the campaign, headed up by Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, has succeeded in protecting our small pubs. No thanks to our own MP.
We need to have confidence that our MP will stand up for the local businesses in Guildford and deliver on those promises. And quite simply, we are not seeing this.”