This week in Parliament, Rachel voted to enhance the rights of publicans in a landmark vote which saw the Government defeated by 284 votes to 269.
Long campaigned for by Labour and industry groups, pub tenants will now have the option of going free of tie, meaning that they can buy their beers on the open market whenever they negotiate a new contract. Most pub tenants have to lease the building from a major brewery or company, and until this week were usually forced to sell only what the owner wanted. This prevented local pub owners from being able to maximise profits, use local breweries and offer alternatives to the consumer.
With 27 pubs closing in the UK every week, and with most pub owners earning less than £10,000, this represents a real change as Labour seeks to end the unfair treatment of tenants by large pub-owning companies. This is the best way to ensure that large pub companies offer fair terms to their licensees and to finally address the scandal of so many valued community pubs shutting.