WARRINGTON North MP Charlotte Nichols made the case for why pubs deserve far better during a Westminster Hall Debate on the hospitality sector.
The debate was the result of an E-Petition (E552201), started by Claire Bosi, editor of Chef & Restaurant magazine, which received over 200,000 signatures, which called for the creation of a new Minister for Hospitality position.
The hospitality sector experienced a £53,3bn year-on-year drop in sales between the start of April and the end of September 2002 alone, with 1 in 8 hospitality staff being made redundant.
As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on pubs Charlotte has been standing up for local pubs in these difficult times.
Charlotte’s speech covered issues surrounding last-minute changes to the rules, curfews and the farcical definition of a substantial meal.
Charlotte said:“Looking at how they have been treated throughout the pandemic, it’s hard to escape the conclusion that the sector is an afterthought to the Government.
“When this crisis is over people will want to congregate in pubs to celebrate; it will be a travesty if a lack of Government support means that those pubs will have closed their doors for good!”