CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride received a special award on Thursay for his efforts to secure last year’s cut in beer duty announced in the Chancellor's autumn budget. The new award is a joint initiative from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA); all of whom wanted to recognise Mel’s efforts on behalf of the industry.
“The previous Government increased beer duty by 60% and left many pubs fighting for survival” said the Conservative MP. “As I have petitioned number 10 and spoken out in parliament about needing to give landlords a break, I am delighted by what has been achieved so far in terms of lowering duty and by the abolition of the beer duty escalator. If we want to see vibrant pubs at the heart of our local communities they need our continued support.”
Mike Benner, Chief Executive of CAMRA, who gave Mel the award, said:
“This reward recognises Mel’s invaluable support in the campaign to scrap the beer duty escalator and for drawing attention to the harm caused by tax increases totaling 42% over four years.”
The autumn budget wasn’t the first time the Central Devon MP has stood up for pub landlords in his constituency. In 2012 he handed a 1,600 strong petition to the Chancellor, urging him to legislate against supermarkets selling alcohol at below cost price. Mel also holds many of his local advice surgeries in pubs as a way of supporting them.