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Nick backs community pubs, local brewers and consumer rights

March 7, 2010

I am grateful for the correspondence I have had from constituents to back CAMRA.  I have signed up to the following commitments:

• Promote the interests of Britain’s pub goers

• Champion well-run community pubs

• Support the rebalancing alcohol taxation to support beer and pubs

• Press for reform of beer tie to deliver a fair deal for consumers

• Support the role of well-run pubs as solutions to alcohol misuse

These commitments are based on a campaign being run by CAMRA, The Campaign for Real Ale which is asking all Prospective Parliamentary Candidates whether they are willing to speak up for Beer Drinkers and Pub Goers. CAMRA’s new Beer Drinkers and Pub Goers Charter sets out a series of options for supporting well-run community pubs, local brewers and consumer rights.

Mike Benner, CAMRA’s Chief Executive welcomed Nick Perry’s support for the Charter, saying:

“We are delighted that Nick Perry has promised to work to promote the interests of beer drinkers and pub goers. Well-run pubs make a huge contribution to community life, each of which injects £80,000 into their local economy every year. Amid growing concern over the loss of more than 5 pubs a day, it is now more important than ever to support well-run community pubs, to promote local brewers and to protect the interests of consumers.”

Speaking after signing up to CAMRA’s Beer Drinkers and Pub Goers Charter, Nick Perry said:

“I am proud to be speaking up for community pubs, local brewers and consumers. Well-run pubs are the bedrock of community life – they are part of the solution to the problem of alcohol misuse and not part of the problem. They deserve our support.”


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