Euro MP backing bid to save pubs

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A WIGAN Euro MP will be among those lobbying MPs in the House of Commons tomorrow to save our pubs and clubs.

Paul Nuttall has been heavily involved with UKIP’s ‘Save the Pub’ campaign since it began and he is travelling to the capital to join with others who desperately want to stop ‘locals’ closing.

He said: “The rate of pub closures has slowed from 40 a week at its peak to 25 but that means thousands of jobs are still being lost.

“And figures from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) show that the closure rates were highest in the North-West and London.

“As well as the lost jobs, the closures are destroying the fabric of community life.

“They provide a valuable meeting place and inject an average of £80,000 a year into their local economy. Beer sold through pubs also generates more funding for the public purse than beer sold through the off-trade.”

Mr Nuttall, who is UKIP’s deputy leader, has recently produced an in-depth report entitled - ‘Last Orders? The decline of the Great British pub’.

One of the recommendations of the report is establishing a Royal Commission to investigate the pub industry.