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Thanks to all of you who emailed me about the control that large breweries can exercise over pubs, and asking me to support landlords being able to buy their beer on the open market.

On 18th November we debated an amendment (New Clause 2) to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill which would give licensees this freedom – ie the option to go free of tie so that they can buy their beers on the open market whenever they negotiate a new contract. 

I voted for the amendment and I am delighted to say that it was carried by 284 votes to 269. This defeat for the Government was a great result and the right decision for pubs and their customers.

I would like to thank all of you for your support, because there is no doubt that the coalition of groups including the Federation of Small Businesses, the Forum of Private Business, the GMB and UNITE trade unions, lots of people who wrote to their own MPs, landlords and, of course, CAMRA made all the difference. Passing this amendment to the Bill will ensure that large pub companies offer fair terms to their licensees in future and I hope it will do something about the scandal of so many valued community pubs shutting.

It also shows the importance of Parliament. As MPs, we listened to a good case and we supported it!

 

Community Pubs: Victory in Parliament!

Thanks to all of you who emailed me about the control that large breweries can exercise over pubs, and asking me to support landlords being able to buy their beer...

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Thanks to all of you who have contacted me about Clive Efford's National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill which is being debated in Parliament next Friday (21 November).  The Bill would begin to roll back some of the damaging changes brought in by the current Government's ill-judged Health and Social Care Act, and in particular the threat of privatisation.

I will of course be there next week to vote for Clive's Bill.

The NHS - which has given so much to each of us - needs our support. 

I will be voting to help save the NHS

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me about Clive Efford's National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill which is being debated in Parliament next Friday (21 November). ...

Now that the clocks have gone back and winter is on its way, we are rapidly hurtling towards the end of the year. Hard to believe.

Last week the final two reports on the Leeds Children's Heart Surgery saga were published. They confirmed what we already knew, namely that the Leeds unit was safe and that there was no reason to close it. Nor was it true that Leeds had refused to refer sick children elsewhere, including to Newcastle.  We can all learn from what happened and everyone involved should do so, but for now let's just say a big thank you to the wonderful staff of the unit for the extraordinary work they do to care for very sick babies and children.

On Friday I attended a meeting of city leaders, including our own Keith Wakefield from Leeds, to hear from Ed Miliband about Labour's plans to give local communities more of a say over the way bus services are run. My constituents rightly get very frustrated when routes change or disappear, or fares rise, and no-one seems to be able to do anything about it. Well, we are going to change that. For quite a few years London has had control of its bus services and passenger numbers have doubled. By contrast, outside London they have declined and this is the result of the bus deregulation that the last Tory Government put in place. It has not worked and we will give councils who want to co-operate the power to run their own bus services.  If it's good enough for London then it's certainly good enough for Leeds.

This is just one example of our determination to pass power back to local communities. People want more of a say over what happens in their area and it is up to Westminster to let go.

ThIs week has seen yet another strike by firefighters over their pension scheme.  They are understandably angry that the Government promised to sort the problem out and then did nothing to respond to the concerns they had expressed. Lots of people are having to pay more into their pensions for the simple reason that we are now living longer than when the schemes were drawn up, but changes need to be fair and there are particular issues that affect firefighters because of the physical nature of their job. The Government should get round the table with the FBU and sort it out.

This weekend I will be out talking to residents in Hunslet despite the drop in temperature - who said we weren't hardy? - and I am also appearing on the Sunday Politics to talk about more power for the north.

And then on Sunday I will be attending the annual Service of Remembrance at the war memorial in Victoria Square. It will be especially poignant this year as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

We will remember them.

Hilary's Blog - 7th November 2014

Now that the clocks have gone back and winter is on its way, we are rapidly hurtling towards the end of the year. Hard to believe.


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