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Brewers call on MPs for help

Pictured from left to right are Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, Little Valley Brwery co-owner Sue Cooper and  MP for Jarrow Stephen Hepburn

Pictured from left to right are Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, Little Valley Brwery co-owner Sue Cooper and MP for Jarrow Stephen Hepburn

A Cragg Vale brewer went down to Parliament to lobby MPs to get a fairer deal for her industry.

Sue Cooper, co-owner of Little Valley Brewery, went down to London for the Yorkshire Beer & Pub Association’s (YBPA) inaugural Parliamentary reception.

Over 35 MPs met with key figures in the Yorkshire brewing industry, where MP for Skipton and Ripon Julian Smith and chairman of the YBPA Simon Theakston lobbied the politicians to support two Early Day Motions aimed at boosting the brewing industry.

Sue Cooper said: “I attended a Parliamentary reception last week at the House of Commons in an effort to make MPs listen to brewers about the impact that the huge beer tax is having on beer manufacturing in the UK.

“We pay around 57p in duty for every one pint, whereas in Germany our colleagues only pay 5p in every pint.

“It’s not supporting the brewing industry and not helping our pubs. We called on MPs to support Early Day Motion 892 on the beer freeze and Early Day Motion 599 on Community Pubs and Business Rates.”

During the reception, those in attendance were also treated to samples of a number of Yorkshire beers, including Little Valley Brewery’s “Python IP”, Timothy Taylor’s “Landlord”, Theakston’s “Old Peculier” and Black Sheep bitter “Daleside Crackshot”.

During the event, Mr Theakston spoke at length on the specific benefits that the Yorkshire brewing sector brings to the nation’s economy and the ways in which politicians can support this industry - by supporting the industry’s campaign to freeze beer tax in the Budget, and by signing EDMs 599 – Community Pubs (Business Rates) and 892 – Beer Duty and the 2014 Budget.

He also stressed that Yorkshire and the North East’s 176 breweries and 6,731 pubs contribute over £2 billion a year to the UK economy annually and are something the region can be very proud of.

Yorkshire also has the highest on-trade beer consumption per head in the UK with 100 pints a year per person being drunk.

 

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