A former boss of Midland brewer Marston's has blamed Britain's growing Muslim population for the collapse in pub numbers.

Tory peer Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts made the claim in a debate on whether to grant more freedom to landlords tied to big firms.

He said "socio-economic factors" such as a growing number of teetotal Muslims living in Britain, played a much bigger role in the decline in pubs than "rapacious" chains.

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