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Hyndburn MP backs campaign highlighting plight of the pub industry
9:07am Monday 4th March 2013 in News
AN MP is backing a campaign to highlight the plight of the pub industry.
Hyndburn and Haslingden MP Graham Jones has pledged his support to the Message in a Barrel campaign – calling on the Government to cut beer duty.
The campaign has seen messages of support to Britain’s ailing pubs placed in a hand-crafted oak barrel. It was delivered to the treasury by MPs and representatives of the British Beer & Pub Association, CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers). The campaign is hoping to affect the level of beer duty in the budget.
Mr Jones said: “Beer duty has risen by 42 per cent since March 2008. This has contributed to falling beer sales in pubs and pub closures in recent years. “I hope the Chancellor takes note. Further tax hikes will close more pubs and cost more jobs.”
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, which organised the barrel event, said: “I want to thank Graham Jones for championing beer and pubs.Beer tax hikes are not raising revenues for the Government, and with a duty freeze we can create local jobs.”