MP helps pub trade - by pulling pints at local

MP John Healey will be pulling pints at a local boozer next week as part of a drive to promote the pub trade.

The former Pubs Minister will be behind the bar at the George and Dragon in Wentworth next Friday as part of an initiative by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, of which he is a member.

The drive aims to help MPs gain a greater understanding of the pub trade and to promote the pub as the hub of the community.

Mr Healey, Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne, will be behind the bar from 11.30am to 1pm and will hold an advice surgery at the venue afterwards.

In addition, the politician is also backing calls for new laws to support pubs. He has signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) which says the relationship between pub companies – ‘PubCos’ – and their tenants should be more flexible.

This came after figures revealed that nearly twice as many pubs tied to to chain companies are closing as those which are free of them.

Mr Healey said: “Pubs offer more than just a place to drink. In many communities they are a hub of social, recreational and charitable activity. I don’t want to see more valued community pubs closing.

“It would help if rents were fairer and licensees had more choice about where they buy beer and other products.”