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18th December 2020

Al Murray ‘The Pub Landlord’ says #SupportPubsNOW to help pubs & publicans survive the winter

Comedian Al Murray, ‘The Pub Landlord’ has backed the campaign to #SupportPubsNOW with pubs and publicans facing a crisis due to loss of business and ongoing restrictions due to the Covid pandemic. Al Murray’s most famous character is The Pub Landlord and now he is calling for real help for real publicans!

Al has become an ambassador for the Campaign for Pubs, the national grassroots campaign group representing pubs, publicans and pub-goers and is calling on all UK pub-lovers to sign the #SupportPubsNOW petition calling for an urgent package of support for all pubs to help them survive the winter. The #SavePubsNOW petition, started by Campaign Director Greg Mulholland now has over ten thousand signatures.

Many publicans and pub families are facing real hardship through the loss of their livelihood caused by ongoing closures and restrictions and without some urgent changes to the approach and to levels of support, many pub families face having no Christmas at all. A worrying number are now facing the complete loss of their business and ongoing income, as well as the threat of bankruptcy and in some cases homelessness, especially where the family lives in the pub.

Current levels of support are inadequate, with many pubs racking up more and more debt each week and with the loss of normal December trade (and in many cases, the loss of all trade) this makes it very difficult for pubs to get through the difficult months of January and February. Without more support, many pubs are at risk of closing.

The petition calls for an announce an urgent package of support including:

The petition calls on the UK Government to announce an urgent package of support for pubs including:

  1. Closure grants increased to at least £1000 a week to actually cover costs, avoid business failure and prevent hardship.
  2. A statutory rent code including the right to a rent review, to stop unreasonable rents that don’t reflect trading conditions
  3. A business rates holiday in 2021/22.
  4. VAT of 5% on all pub/hospitality sales, including on all drinks, to support ALL pubs, not just food-led pubs.
  5. A tailored package of support, including business rates relief for small brewers & other suppliers, whose businesses are threatened by pubs being closed.

Al Murray is calling on all who care about pubs – from either side of the bar – to sign the petition and also to join the Campaign for Pubs for just £25 a year.

Al Murray, the Pub Landlord said:

“The situation facing our nation’s pubs and publicans is serious and for all of us who care about our locals and the role they play in communities, then they need to show their support.

So I call on all pub-lovers to sign and share the #SupportPubsNOW petition and to join the grassroots Campaign for Pubs. I’m pleased to be an Ambassador for the Campaign for Pubs, now all pub-lovers should do the same and help support our pubs!”

Greg Mulholland, Campaign Director for the Campaign for Pubs said:

“We are delighted to have Al Murray, the ‘Pub Landlord’ onboard supporting the #SupportPubsNOW petition and agreeing to be an ambassador for the Campaign for Pubs.

“Al has a real passion for pubs and our pub culture and we urge everyone to sign the petition and call on their MP to back support to get pubs through the winter. We also hope more and more people will join the Campaign for Pubs, to give our nation’s pubs and publicans a real voice, a voice that needs to be urgently heard to help pub families and save many beloved locals.”


Notes to editors

1. The Campaign for Pubs exists to provide a real voice for pubs, bringing together publicans, customers and brewers and all who value our pub culture. The Campaign for Pubs has been formed precisely due to the lack of a real voice for pubs and publicans and to campaign for the needs of pubs and publicans, not the large property companies, big brewers and pub chains.  The Campaign for Pubs campaigns for a better, freer and fairer, more sustainable pub sector as laid out in the mission statement.

2. The Campaign for Pubs website is, Twitter and Facebook are @campaignforpubs

3. Campaign for Pubs costs £25 a year to join, or £40 for a couple and members become part of a national network of those who care about pubs and their future.

4. The Campaign for Pubs is a member organisation of the British Pub Confederation (the Confederation of independent organisations representing pubs and pub campaigners) and the Campaign for Pubs will administer and support the ongoing work of the Confederation to further strengthen representation for pubs and publicans.

Press release from the Campaign for Pubs

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