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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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Some pub owners earning 'less than minimum wage'

"Over half" of pub landlords tied into a relationship with a specific company were on less than minimum wage. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

"Over half" of pub landlords are earning less than £15,000 per year because they are "tied in" to a relationship with a major pub company, according to the shadow minister for pubs.

"There has been a number of studies suggesting that people who have a pub with one of the big pub companies are going to be earning less than minimum wage.

"Over half of them earn less than minimum wage - and doing long, long hours. So it is really a major issue for those people and it is a big issue for the communities that see those pubs go under."

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