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Landlady urges MPs to save our pubs

The House of Commons is due to debate an amendment to the Small Business Bill Credit: ITV

A Norfolk landlady is urging MPs to back changes which she believes could help stop the growing number of pubs closing.

Dawn Hopkins, landlady at The Rose Inn, said: "Pubs are getting turned into supermarkets, being developed for housing. Licencees are struggling and, if you have a pub company involved, it's even harder to make a living with the rents they charge and charging you double the amount for your beer that you would pay if you went directly to the breweries."

The House of Commons is due to debate an amendment to the Small Business Bill. It could help to secure fair rents and cheaper beer prices for licencees tied to big pub companies.

Council lobbies to protect pubs

The Pear Tree pub in Hildersham Credit: ITV Anglia

A council in Cambridgeshire says it will lobby the Government for greater protection for pubs - after it emerged that the last pub in Hildersham near Cambridge will be turned into a furniture shop.

South Cambs District Council says the owner of the Pear Tree doesn't need planning permission to change its use - even though last year villagers listed it as an official 'asset of community value'.

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MP's campaign to save pubs

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has called on the Government to "tweak" planning laws to protect independent shops and pubs.

The Liberal Democrat MP introduced his own Parliamentary Bill which would give greater powers to councils when deciding on planning issues.