Pocklington MP Sir Greg Knight is one of the sponsors of a cross-party Parliamentary motion calling on the Government to help struggling pubs.
Sir Greg, a long-term campaigner for pubs, said: “Pubs provide employment for over 900,000 people and contribute £23 billion to the economy.
“However, figures just released show that 18 pubs are still closing every week.
“Across Britain pubs are still closing at an alarming rate, especially small family owned pubs in rural areas.
“80% of pubs are run as small businesses, employing local people and in many cases the pub is effectively the ‘hub’ of the local village community, so it is vital that the Government does everything possible to help them keep their doors open.”