Published on February 4th, 2011 | by Dean Carr
Pub In Otley Highlighted By Leeds MP in Late-Night Levy Debate
Daniel Thwaites’ pub The Manor House in Otley was recently mentioned in parliamentary debates this week as Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, tells minister that ‘law and order’ levy to tackle anti-social behaviour must not harm community pubs.
Mulholland told Home Office minister James Brokenshire that well-run community pubs should be exempt from a proposed late-night ‘law and order’ levy and should be allowed to open late for one-off occasions, such as New Year, or slightly later at weekends.
Speaking at Home Office questions, Mulholland highlighted the case of his local Daniel Thwaites pub, The Manor House in Otley, stating that community pubs were part of the solution to tackling problems with alcohol-fuelled disorder and anti-social behaviour.
Mulholland, who is chairman of the Parliamentary Save the Pub Group, added: “I am pleased the government has listened following representations that I and others have made, but I still feel it needs to go further to ensure that well-run, late-night community pubs that do not cause any problems are not penalised as they were under Labour’s failed alcohol disorder zone policy.
“My local in Otley, The Manor House, is an excellent example of a well-run community pub that would be penalised should the late-night levy be implemented on a blanket basis. It would be wholly unfair to charge such pubs an extra tax when there are no problems with them allowing people to have a pint a little later on at weekends. I hope the government continues to address these concerns and ensure this doesn’t become a blanket charge on late night venues, which would result in well-run community pubs paying for the alcohol-fuelled disorder that they are not contributing too.”
Source: Thwaites pub company