I’ve been stunned by news that the Carlton Tavern in Maida Vale has been illegally torn down by developers: raising concerns that pubs in Hampstead might face a similar fate.

The development was denied planning permission last year, yet was torn down regardless: just one day before the pub was to become a Listed building. The pub was the only building on Carlton Vale that survived the Blitz – but is now in ruins.

I urge Westminster to require the developer to rebuild the pub and restore this local landmark.

Local Conservatives have fought to preserve our pubs across Hampstead. With residents, we’ve secured Asset of Community Value status to protect the Old White Bear and Magdala.

However, the fate of the Carlton Tavern shows that the fight to protect our pubs is not over, and I will keep working with our local team and residents to help them survive and thrive.

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