MPs back #cutbeertax campaign

Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd

02 March 2017

A total of 71 MPs have now backed an industry campaign to cut beer tax at next week's Budget.

L to R: Ray Turpie, Brigid Simmonds, Graham Evans, Neil Walker
L to R: Ray Turpie, Brigid Simmonds, Graham Evans, Neil Walker

The MPs have signed a pledge card supporting the brewing and pubs sector which was delivered to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond today as a giant 'pint of pledges'.

According to the campaign – backed by Graham Evans MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds, Ray Turpie, chair of CAMRA's Public Affairs Committee, and Neil Walker of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) – 900,000 jobs that depend on the industry across the country, with beer and pubs adding £20 billion to the economy.

The 'pledge' card aims to highlight that British people drink 12% of the beer in the European Union, but pay almost 40% of the total beer tax.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive comments: 'I want to thank Graham Evans and all the MPs who have now pledged their support to beer and pubs, which has been on a cross-party basis. It has made a real difference in the run-up to the Budget.'

Graham Evans MP said: 'For all members of Parliament, beer and pubs are vital to our communities. Support for the sector can bring more of the investment needed, to provide the great pubs that bring people together to enjoy a pint. I am delighted that so many fellow MPs have shown their support.'

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