Dudley MP Ian Austin is backing a campaign to champion the role of local pubs in Parliament.
The new Parliamentary Save the Pub Group has estimated that 29 pubs are closing every week and is working closely with the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to persuade the government to implement policies to keep local pubs open.
Austin has already backed the group's campaigns to legislate against abuse by big pub companies and to get rid of the beer duty escalator to boost local breweries.
Austin is a member of CAMRA and has campaign in Parliament for measures to support local pubs and brewers. He arranged for beers brewed in Dudley by Holdens and Fownes to be served in Parliament. He has also supported residents in Sedgley campaigning to save the Seven Stars and is pushing to reduce the price of a pint through a cut in beer duty.
Ian Austin said:
“I’m delighted to join this group to promote local pubs in Parliament.”
“The Black Country is home to some of the best brewers in Britain like Holdens, Bathams, Black Country Ales and Fownes, as well as brilliant pubs like the Beacon, the Courthouse and the Jolly Crispin that are assets to the local community.”
“I’ll be campaigning through this group to campaign for measured such as further cuts in beer duty to keep the price of a pint down, keep pubs open and protect jobs.”