East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs backing a parliamentary motion urging the Government to introduce regulations making it harder for developers to demolish rural pubs.

Every week more than two pubs across Britain close their doors for good to make way for supermarkets or residential developments. The motion says the Government should introduce regulations requiring planning permission to be obtained for the demolition of any pub.

In backing the parliamentary motion Sir Greg said: “Pubs offer a valued meeting place, especially in rural areas, where they are often the heart of the local community”.

Sir Greg added: “Local people are almost unanimously supportive of their pub but as things stand they are being denied a say in the future of their neighbourhoods. The demolition of pubs is all too often driven by the profits of big supermarket chains, property developers or large pub companies and it is time this changed”.