MP meets with CAMRA

Mark Tami MP for Alyn and Deeside met with constituents who are members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in Parliament on Wednesday. An estimated 1,200 members of CAMRA travelled to Westminster to demonstrate today in what was their biggest lobby in their history.

Mr Tami has said, “The pub is often the centre of many communities but with the cost of living rising people cannot afford to go. A review of the beer duty escalator is needed because it is important that we do all that we can to keep them open.”

The Beer Duty Escalator increases the tax on alcohol by 2% above inflation every year. CAMRA estimates that the tax increases have led to the closure of 5,800 pubs across Britain.

Mr Tami has previously signed EDM 703, along with 40 other members of parliament, which questions the effectiveness of the Beer Duty Escalator in tackling the deficit and the impact that it has on community pubs.