September 2 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Campaigning Norwich pub landlady Dawn Hopkins travelled to No 10 Downing Street yesterday to help deliver a letter to prime minister David Cameron calling for a fair deal for pubs.
She was part of a group that supports a reform of large pub companies and the letter calls on the PM to urgently act to stop large pubcos exploiting publicans around the country.
Mrs Hopkins, who runs the Rose pub in Queens Road, said: “We delivered the letter to No 10, unfortunately we did not see Mr Cameron. Earlier we had a meeting at the Houses of Parliament, where I spoke on behalf of the group I belong to, Licensees Supporting Licensees, about pubcos and beer orders. Beer orders were introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s government 25 years ago to break up the dominance of the ‘big six’ brewers. Unfortunately, the government decided not to introduce a limit on the number of pubs owned by non-brewing companies, which we want changed.”
The landlady has been campaigning for a fair deal for pubs for several years and has been a frequent visitor to Westminster.