MPs joined Greg Mulholland MP, Coordinator of the successful Fair Deal for Your Local campaign in the Strangers’ Bar of the House of Commons and award winning microbrewer Ilkley Brewery to toast the historic vote, when pro-pub MPs triumphed by introducing the Market Rent Only option for tenants of the large pub owning companies.
Joining Greg and Luke Raven from Ilkley Brewery were MPs from all parties, including Chair of the BIS Select Committee, Adrian Bailey MP and leading campaigns from the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign, organisations including CAMRA, Fair Pint, Licensees Supporting Licensees, Unite for Licensees, Justice for Licensees and Punch Tenant Network.
The first pint of Fair Deal Victory Golden Ale was pulled by Greg and then MPs and campaigners joined the toast, with the beer having been very kindly supplied by Ilkley Brewery, the multi-award winning craft brewery in Ilkley Yorkshire, set up in 2009. The commons vote on the 18th November will mean much better and fairer access to pubs for smaller brewers like Ilkley, a member of SIBA (the Society of Independent Brewers Association) and will lead to greater choice of beer for publicans and consumers alike so as well as being a big help to pubs is also a huge boost for the UK’s burgeoning microbrewers – many of whom have been celebrating the historic vote.
Ilkley brewery kindly provided a cask of ‘Fair Deal Victory Golden Ale’ to assist with the celebrations which it is reported as dry in record time in the Strangers Bar. Luke Raven from Ilkley brewery poured pints with MP’s who supported the Bill and has said that a full batch will be brewed in the new year and available to pubs up and down the country, however as a classic example of what is wrong with the pubco tie, Fair Deal Victory Ale will not be available to those pubs that really want to sell it, as it will not be on sky high pubco price lists!
Ilkley Brewery were one of the first brewers to publicly support the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign (with many brewers privately expressing support but afraid to publicly in case it led to them being delisted on pubco lists). Richard Shelton, director of Ilkley, joined Greg Mulholland at the Yorkshire launch of the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign in April 2013, at former run down Enterprise Inns pub, now thriving and invested in freehouse, the Roebuck in Newall with Clifton, near Otley – a regular stockist of Ilkley’s fine beers – who are now of course able to sell direct to them, at brewery not pubco price.
Greg Mulholland, Coordinator of the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign and Chair of the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group said:
“Raising a glass of Fair Deal Victory Golden Ale perfect way to toast the historic Fair Deal for Your local victory in the House of Commons. A huge thanks to the superb Ilkley Brewery for kindly supplying this and to staff of the Strangers bar who ensured the beer was served in top condition. It was a pleasure joining MPs who voted for pubs and for better access to market for smaller brewers and some of the amazing campaigners who have helped deliver this much needed change that will at least end what CAMRA have called the Pub Scandal.
“As Coordinator of the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign I would like to thank all MPs who voted for pubs and smaller brewers and to the hardy campaigners from all Fair Deal for Your Local supporting organisations who have worked to achieve this. As we raised a glass of Ikley’s delicious Fair Deal Victory Ale in the House of Commons, we also toasted the thousands of pubco licensees and pubs that will benefit from this historic change and hope they have raised a glass to this historic victory too”.
Commenting Richard Shelton, Director of Ilkley Brewery said:
“Ilkley Brewery were delighted to provide Greg and the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign with a cask of Fair Deal Victory Golden Ale and were pleased to join them in Strangers’ Bar to toast the historic vote for pubs and for brewers like us.
“Ilkley Brewery, as award winning craft brewers, backed the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign because we want and need much more direct access to pubs, without having to go through pubcos who only pay very low prices, whilst then on-selling our beer to their own licensees at significantly more than we could sell to that pub direct.
“So we toast the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign and the market rent only option, which will make things fairer not only for pubco publicans but also will lead to a more open market, which will be a great thing for us and other brewers who will be able to offer our beer direct to many more pubs”.
Commenting Adrian Bailey, Chair of the BIS Select Committee said
“As Chair of the BIS Select Committee, I was proud to raise a glass of Fair Deal Victory Ale to toast the historic vote of the 18th November. The BIS Select Committee proposed the Market Rent Only option in 2009 and we are delighted it will now become law, as the clear and right solution to the problems with the pubco model.
“A big thanks to the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign and Save the Pub Group for all their efforts in making it become law and thanks of course to Ilkley Brewery for giving us a fine beer to toast our joint success with!”
1. For more information, contact Mo Saqib (Office of Greg Mulholland MP) on 0207 219 3833