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Not enough being done to protect pubs, say Labour

At least 26 pubs a week are closing their doors for good and the Government needs to do more to protect landlords, according to Labour. In an opposition day debate, Labour will call on the coalition to include new legislation in the Queen's Speech.

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Govt under fire for not doing enough to protect pubs

The Government need to speed up measures aimed to protect pubs and their landlords after it emerged 26 a week are closing down, Labour have said.

Labour wants more to be done to protect the local pub. Credit: PA

They plan to use an opposition day debate to urge the Coalition to introduce a statutory code to protect landlords from exploitation at the hands of large companies.

Legislation was drawn up last year but kicked into the long grass to consider the huge number of responses the proposed laws received.

Shadow pubs minister Toby Perkins said: "A broad coalition including Camra, business organisations and trade unions are backing a new statutory code with teeth."

He continued: "A year ago, in response to pressure from campaigners and Labour, ministers said they'd take action but 12 months later they've failed to do so."

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