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A 'lifeline' for the struggling Midlands Pub

It is hoped the new support from Parliament will throw a lifeline to struggling pubs Photo: ITV Central

A campaign to stop the decline of the Great British pub has won support from Parliament which is now set to introduce tough new laws to protect landlords.

It is hoped that a code of conduct will throw a lifeline to many struggling pubs.

The heart of the community, the Boat Inn at Cromford, in Derbyshire Credit: ITV Central

The heart of the community, the Boat Inn at Cromford, in Derbyshire, is a thriving local, employing a handful of staff and loved by its regulars.

But for Lorraine Mountford and her family their experience of running a pub has been bitter-sweet. Just six months ago Lorraine was landlady at a pub in Middleton-by-Wirksworth tied to a pub company. Unable to buy beer from anywhere else and being forced to pay high prices, the five-year lease cost her life savings.

Lorraine was landlady at a pub in Middleton-by-Wirksworth tied to a pub company Credit: ITV Central

"It was very, very difficult. We were working up to 80, 100 hours a week. We did everything we said we were going to do in our business plan but at the end of the day we could not make any more at all infact we lost in the region of £90,000."

– Lorraine Mountford

The Campaign for Real Ale has lobbied the Government long and hard against the strangle-hold large breweries have on the majority of pubs across the UK. It's estimated this has lead to up to 12 of these tied pubs nationwide going to the wall every week.

Today's decision to introduce legislation to curb these high costs is something for Camra members across the region worth raising a glass to.

"It's an excellent victory for Camra because we are there to protect the British pint and the British pub and this should go some way to helping that."

– Steve Westby Nottingham Camra
Customers at the Horse Chestnut in Radcliffe-on-Trent pay a fair price for their pint and know, there will be enough for the pubs profit Credit: ITV Central

The decision comes after thousands of people wrote to their MPs calling for legislation to look after their local.

Pub-goers today said: "When a pub used to be owned by a brewery they had a vested interest in selling beer but now they are just property chains and all they're interested in is the price of the property."

"It's very sad to see the collapse of this in society."

Customers at the Horse Chestnut in Radcliffe-on-Trent pay a fair price for their pint and know there will still be enough profits left to pour back into the pub. It is now hoped this new legislation will help create the same trading conditions for the many thousands of pubs tied to breweries across the UK.

Which should also mean that the changes will enable hard-working landlords and landladies to have their cake and eat it.