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GMB Seek Meeting On Beer Tie

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

GMB calls on Andrew Griffiths Tory chair of all party parliamentary beer group to back principle that tied tenants be no worse off than free of tie tenants.

After his role in abolition of beer duty escalator can he support principle in consultation process to give tied tenants an opportunity to tackle the issue of the tied business model and how it is operated asks GMB.

GMB, the union for tied pub tenants, in an open letter to Andrew Griffiths Tory MP for Burton, is asking for a meeting to discuss his stance on the consultation now under way on the principle of the tied tenant being no worse off than the free of tie tenant. See copy of open letter in notes to editors below.

Dave Mountford, GMB Matlock branch secretary, says in the letter “May I take this opportunity to thank you for your unwavering support for the abolishment of the beer duty escalator.  The Government’s decision was welcoming for our industry and the 1p reduction was also a step in the right direction.

It is good to know that the combined might of so many organisations can have an impact on issues such as this and having been part of the efforts to reform the tie, I speak from experience.

Following this success I would now like to ask you if you can throw your support behind the consultation process that will hopefully give us an opportunity to tackle the issue of the tied business model and how it is operated.

As the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group I believe you are in a perfect position to tackle this issue and in many respects the principle of the tied tenant being no worse off than the free of tie tenant, I’m sure you would agree, is one that will have a greater effect to many than the beer duty escalator.”

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Contact Dave Mountford 07794 021 212 or 01629 258 083 or 07916 154359 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to Editors

Copy of letter to Andrew Griffiths MP for Burton –on- Trent

To Andrew Griffiths MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA 25 March 2013

Dear Mr Griffiths

Firstly may I take this opportunity to thank you for your unwavering support for the abolishment of the Beer Duty Escalator.  The Government’s decision was welcoming for our industry and the 1p reduction was also a step in the right direction.

It is good to know that the combined might of so many organisations can have an impact on issues such as this and having been part of the efforts to reform the tie, I speak from experience.

Following this success I would now like to ask you if you can throw your support behind the consultation process that will hopefully give us an opportunity to tackle the issue of the tied business model and how it is operated.

As the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group I believe you are in a perfect position to tackle this issue and in many respects the principle of the tied tenant being no worse off than the free of tie tenant, I’m sure you would agree, is one that will have a greater effect to many than the beer duty escalator.

Your input would also be so welcome in that it would complete the cross party support that we have seen has been instrumental in getting this consultation process to be implemented. Greg Mulholland and Toby Perkins have obviously been extremely vocal in their support for reform and a similar response from the Conservative Party would be appreciated by so many tied tenants.

I would welcome the opportunity to meet and discuss this in more detail.  I recognise that the GMB and the Conservative Party would have many differences of opinion in many areas, but this issue crosses Political allegiances and all MP’s in all areas of the Country have tied tenants who are losing their livelihoods every day due to the tied model that your Party has already recognised does not work.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Dave Mountford, GMB Branch Secretary, Matlock

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