Three Southport CAMRA Members Lobby John Pugh against Beer Tax. December 18th, 2012 admin Latest News Shares Comments Three Southport CAMRA Members Lobby John Pugh against Beer Tax. On Wednesday 12 December2012, three Southport CAMRA members travelled to London to join 1,200 other CAMRA colleagues to lobby Parliament against the Government’s Beer Duty Escalator, by which beer tax is automatically increased by 2% above the rate of inflation. CAMRA is heading up a national campaign against this policy which has led to a 42 % increase in the price of a pint the since 2008 and contributed to the closure of 4,500 pubs. Currently, one third of the cost of a pint is accounted for by taxation. Stuart Elliott, Southport and West Lancs, CAMRA Branch Public Affairs Officer and his wife Myra, together with Branch Member Derek Tasker, travelled down to London and, after joining fellow CAMRA Lobbyists in Westminster, met with Southport’s M.P. Dr. John Pugh in the Houses of Parliament. After a useful discussion which centred on CAMRA’s worries about the harmful impact of the Beer Escalator, Stuart Elliott said: “ I have been most grateful for the opportunity which Dr. Pugh kindly gave us to discuss these issues with him. His appreciation of the situation, and his understanding of our point of view is most reassuring and gives me the confidence to believe that he will not lose the opportunity to pass on our concerns.” After the meeting with Dr. Pugh, the three Southport CAMRA Members attended a crowded Rally in Westminster, which was addressed by representatives of the pub trade and M.P.s from the three main political parties. Contacts: Mike Perkins, Branch Press & Publicity Officer 01704 573768 email: [email protected] Stuart Elliott, Branch Public Affairs Officer 01704 577895 email: [email protected] 15 December 2012. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!