Observations Lobby Watch

Save Our Pubs & Clubs

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6707 (Published 19 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6707
  1. Jane Cassidy, freelance journalist
  1. janecassi2{at}googlemail.com

What is its goal?

The Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign wants to see an amendment to the public smoking ban, which it says has led to hundreds of pubs and clubs going out of business since 2007. It would like the United Kingdom to be brought into line with other European countries where smoking is still allowed in some licensed premises or in “comfortable” outdoor smoking rooms.

The television chef and pub owner Antony Worrall Thompson is the campaign’s patron. Supporters include the Working Men’s Club and Institute Union, 251 pubs and clubs, the artist David Hockney, and the musician Joe Jackson.

MPs who have pledged their support include Brian Binley (Conservative, Northampton South), Philip Davies (Conservative, Shipley), John Hemming (Liberal Democrat, Birmingham Yardley), Simon Kirby (Conservative, Brighton Kemptown), Greg Knight (Conservative, East Yorkshire), …

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