Smiles on tap as Devizes MP pulls the pints

Publicans Samantha Creech and Kurt Turner with MP Claire Perry

Publicans Samantha Creech and Kurt Turner with MP Claire Perry

First published in News

DEVIZES MP Claire Perry dropped into The White Horse at Winterbourne Bassett near Marlborough to get a glimpse of life behind the bar.

Publican Kurt Turner and his partner licensee Samantha Creech welcomed Mrs Perry to the Wadworth pub, which stocks a variety of cask ales and is famous for serving pork reared by the publican himself.

The MP was visiting the pub as part of an initiative by the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, which is encouraging MPs to work as bartenders for a shift to promote understanding of the issues faced by the trade.

Wadworth marketing and sales director Paul Sullivan said: “It’s always good to see MPs supporting our industry and experiencing the challenges faced by the trade at grass roots level, from duty to employment.

“With more measured support from Government, we feel sure this industry can thrive once again and bolster the economy.”

Among the measures being put forward is a new code of practice for pub companies.

Under the new code, landlords of tied pubs will be able to stock beers other than those insisted upon by the pub companies and challenge the prices they are being charged.

Licensees in dispute with the owners of the pubs will be able to apply to an adjudicator who can apply sanctions and fines.

Wadworths said the code does not apply to its business as it only covered companies with 500 pubs or more. The company has its own code of practice, which is to be updated this year.

Eleanor Preston-Gill, who ran the Rose & Crown pub in Worton, an Enterprise Inns pub, with her partner John Leiper, said she hoped the new code would address the problems she claimed they had, which led them to leave in 2005.

She said: “The pub companies have a stranglehold on the industry. I hope the new code will get rid of this kind of behaviour, which is killing the trade.”

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5:48pm Fri 3 May 13

Bottom Of The Barrel says...

So much for the pub smirking ban
So much for the pub smirking ban Bottom Of The Barrel
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9:31pm Fri 3 May 13

Daedalus says...

May be she's trying to out do Nigel Farage. He seems to spend a lot of time in the boozer!
May be she's trying to out do Nigel Farage. He seems to spend a lot of time in the boozer! Daedalus
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11:07am Sat 4 May 13

Roy-Orbit of Chippenham says...

Nigel has something to celebrate. That woman does not.
Nigel has something to celebrate. That woman does not. Roy-Orbit of Chippenham
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8:47pm Sun 5 May 13

shed says...

does anyone think she will campaign to get the tax on beer reduced?







thought not
does anyone think she will campaign to get the tax on beer reduced? thought not shed
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