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:   Stuart Elliott, Branch Public Affairs Officer  01704 577895 email:    15 December 2012.

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