Dudley MP Ian Austin has received a special award in recognition of their support for the Long Live the Local campaign and helping to secure consecutive freezes in beer duty.
Austin was presented with the ‘Beer Champion’ award, a unique tap-handle trophy created especially for the occasion.
The special award is an initiative from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) to recognise the role of Ian Austin MP, and other MPs from across the House, in supporting Britain’s national drink since the 2017 General Election.
The award especially recognises support for successive freezes in beer duty which secured thousands of jobs and millions of pounds worth of investment in the brewing and pubs sector.
The Long Live the Local campaign is campaigning for a cut in beer duty in this year’s Budget and so far over 118,000 people have supported the petition this year, including more than 150 in the Dudley North constituency alone.
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented:
“This award recognises Ian Austin MP for their invaluable support for the Great British pub and Britain’s historic brewing industry.
“I want to thank Ian for the work done in securing beer duty freezes in this parliament, and for their support for the brewing and pubs sector since the 2017 election.”
Ian Austin said:
“We’ve got brilliant brewers like Holdens, Black Country Ales, Bathams and Fownes all based in Dudley and fantastic real ale pubs, so brewing and pubs are vital to the local economy in Dudley.
“I’m a CAMRA member and I’ve always worked hard to support their campaigns for local pubs.
“I am showing my support for the Long Live Local campaign by calling on the Chancellor to cut beer duty. Pubs play a vital role in local communities and I don’t want to see any more popular locals closing downs because of the pressure from beer duty.”