Flat pint for Pub Adjudicator as Forum warns of impending hangover

The Forum of Private Business is highlighting concern in the pubs, restaurants and hospitality industry, after it was revealed that the Pubs Code Adjudicator has a conflict of interest. Following an Early day Motion tabled in Parliament on the 14 September and formal comment by the British Pub Confederation the position of the Pub Adjudicator is seen by the Forum as untenable.

Managing Director of the Forum of Private Business, Ian Cass, said: “It seems that Paul Newby has a conflict of interest, and as a result may not be trusted by large numbers of those people he’s supposed to be adjudicating on.”

Among other issues, it is reported that Mr Newby misled MPs about his shareholdings in leisure property company Fleurets.

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Link to the Early Day Motion


British Pub Confederation press release is available from Mo Saqib (Parliamentary Researcher to Greg Mulholland MP), on behalf of the British Pub Confederation.

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The Forum of Private Business is a not-for-profit comprehensive business support organisation founded in 1977. Our membership is spread throughout the UK and primarily made up of companies that employ between 1-50 employees, helping them to manage employees, saving time, giving advice, support and protection where a business needs it. We are a recognised leading authority on business issues and represent the interests of business owners on many consultative bodies. We have built a solid reputation, being influential in many areas of policy-making, in changing laws that affect small businesses, and we continue to campaign for the fair treatment of businesses within the UK. Everything we do is about making sure our members’ businesses operate profitably. This means that every penny we make goes back in to supporting our members, providing the support and resources that will enable businesses to flourish and grow.

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