MPs award for helping cut beer duty

Belper MP Pauline Latham has received a special award from ale organisations for her work in helping to secure last year’s cut in beer duty in the Budget.

Mrs Latham was presented with the new ‘Beer Champion’ award, including a new beer brewed especially for the occasion.

The special 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 recognize the role of Mrs Latham, who “supported Britain’s national drink during 2013”, especially for her work in scrapping the Beer Duty Escalator, which lead to the cut in beer duty last March.

A planned 3p rise in beer duty was scrapped and replaced by a 1p cut in the price of a pint.

The chancellor also said the alcohol duty escalator - which added inflation plus two per cent to the price - would be abolished for beer completely.All three bodies have joined forces again this year, and are campaigning for a freeze in duty in this year’s Budget on March 19.

Pauline Latham, MP for Mid Derbyshire said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the scrapping of the Beer Duty Escalator. I believe it is very important to support this country’s brewing industry, and this is particularly true in and around my constituency, where a number of microbreweries, producing what I am reliably informed by my husband is fantastic beer and ale, are based.”