East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is one of a number of MPs calling for changes in the law to help keep our pubs open.

Sir Greg, whose work championing pubs has been recognised by the British Pubs Confederation, has said changes are needed in planning law to stop pub chain owners closing pubs to make a bigger profit from using the land and building for something else.

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

“Local people overwhelmingly back their pub but as things stand too often decisions by corporate owners are driven by the desire to make a bigger profit”.

Sir Greg added: “Every week in Britain more than twenty pubs close their doors for good. Many of these pubs are well run viable businesses. I believe we should give more support to pubs by requiring planning permission to be obtained before owners can change their use to something else”.