UKIP has positioned itself as the “party of the pub” after unveiling a pub manifesto including calls for a Royal Commission to investigate beer pricing and amendments to the smoking ban.
The party said the Commission would investigate supermarket pricing as well as cuts on draught beer duty and placing restrictions on tied beer prices.
“This could ensure transparency in the wholesale marketplace and a level playing field for all tenants,” the document reads. “The Royal Commission should also evaluate the pros and cons of abolishing the tie altogether.”
UKIP also called for amendments to the smoking ban allowing licensees to decide if they wanted to allow smoking in their pub.
“UKIP will allow pubs and clubs very seriously damaged by the ban to make alternative arrangements for smokers within agreed guidelines,” it said.