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Accusations fly back and forth as bitter row rages between rival trade bodies
By James Wilmore to ensure transparency in pubco whether it will take any further action. The BBPA will publish its full contracts. However, Fair Pint pub- Fair Pint’s publication of the docu- revised code before it presents to MPs
lished a separate document outlining ment followed a meeting held by the on the Business Innovation and Skills
INDUSTRY INFIGHTING hit new its concerns with the plans, which All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group committee on December 8.
levels last week with various groups cover areas such as rent reviews and where the BBPA requested a separate Meanwhile, speaking at a recent
engaging in a major war of words that buying out. The BBPA claims the doc- session with MPs to present its plans Publican Directors’ Club event, The
could lead to legal action. ument is from the recent mediation for the future of pubco agreements. Sun newspaper’s business editor
Just weeks before MPs are again process and therefore breaches a con- The newly formed Independent Pub Steve Hawkes said the trade was suf-
due to grill industry leaders, an fidentiality agreement signed by the Confederation (IPC) also took the fering as a result of a lack of one
extraordinary catalogue of claims and parties involved. opportunity to attack the BBPA. strong, coherent voice. He also
accusations flew between rival Jeremy Phillips, a barrister involved Kate Nicholls, the IPC’s secretary, revealed The Sun had planned to run
groups, leaving the pub sector more with the process, said: “All the parties said: “The BBPA’s failure to debate the a campaign to help pubs, but this col-
divided than ever. were bound by a confidentiality agree- issue openly with the IPC in front of lapsed because trade groups were
Following up on a threat, campaign ment therefore any documents pub- MPs means that they have forfeited the unable to decide between themselves
group Fair Pint published the British lished that were exchanged during right to be considered the voice of the on the message for the campaign.
Beer & Pub Association’s (BBPA) that process would be in breach of publican.”
agreement over how its new code of that agreement.” However, the BBPA’s chief execu- • For more see pages 15, 18, 19 and 23
practice will look. He said if this was the case damages tive Brigid Simmonds hit back by
The agreement, with the BII and could be sought by the other groups saying the group had been “assiduous
Give us your views at
Federation of Licensed Victuallers involved or an injunction could be in ensuring that as many people as
Associations, lays out the changes applied for to prevent further breaches. possible know precisely what actions
the BBPA is proposing in a new code The BBPA has yet to comment on we are going to take”.
A SENIOR Tory has spoken up for Hunt said the Tories alcohol-fuelled problems. cent rise in the number of regulated
pubs, saying they can help solve the would not “turn the clock Earlier at the event at entertainment licences since the
problems around alcohol. back to 11pm drinking-up Lord’s Cricket Ground, Licensing Act came into force.
Shadow culture secretary Jeremy times”. licensing minister “We seem to have this myth that
Hunt voiced his support for the indus- However, he argued it Gerry Sutcliffe brand- live music is on the decline but these
try at the Business in Sport and had been a mistake to ed claims that live figures prove that it isn’t,” he said.
Leisure (BISL) Conference. bring in a “big bang music in pubs has suf- Sutcliffe also argued that the
He told delegates at the event last approach” with the fered under the Department for Culture, Media and
week: “Pubs are part of the solution Licensing regime a “myth”. Sport had a positive attitude to pubs
to this problem and not the problem Act He pointed to gov- because it had supported community
itself. in 2005. ernment figures schemes such as Pub is the Hub
He added: “A pub is a very social He also rec- showing an 11 per and The Publican’s Proud of Pubs
place to drink and a much better way ommended a more campaign.
than if people buy Special Brew and localised approach
take it to the local park.” to tackling Hunt:’Pubs are not the problem’
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