The government has been defeated in a Commons vote on the control that tenanted pub companies can exercise over pubs.
MPs voted 284 to 269 in favour of an amendment allowing landlords an independent rent review and to buy their beer on the open market.
The amendment to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill was put forward by the Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland, who described the “tie” arrangement made between a pub and its owner as an “archaic” and “extraordinary” system.
It is thought to be the government’s first defeat on one of its own bills since the 2010 election. Tim Page, chief executive of the Campaign for Real Ale, said: “Today’s landmark Parliamentary vote helps secure the future of pubs. MORE