MP GWYNNE SECURES AWARD for campaigning for beer and pubs

Andrew Gwynne MP with Brigid Simmonds OBE, BBPA; Keith Bott, SIBA and Colin Valentine, CAMRADenton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has received a special award today, for his working in helping to secure last year’s historic cut in beer duty in the Budget. Andrew was presented with the new ‘Beer Champion’ award, including a truly unique 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 Andrew Gwynne, who supported Britain’s national drink during 2013, especially for his support in scrapping the Beer Duty Escalator, which lead to the momentous cut in Beer Duty.

Brewing and pubs are vital to the local economy in every part of the country. All three bodies have joined forces again this year, and are campaigning for a freeze in duty in this year’s Budget on 19th March.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“I am honoured to receive this award.  I know, talking to both local brewers and publicans across Tameside and Stockport just how important it was to secure the cut in the beer duty.  Pubs and clubs are an important part of our community, and yet the industry is really struggling to compete with cheap alcohol – often loss leaders – in our supermarkets.  That’s why it was right to campaign for the cut to beer duty.”

Campden BRI which provides research, analysis and consultancy to the brewing industry worldwide, was chosen to create the special limited-edition bottled beer for Parliament. The beer was brewed by Ed Wray, Campden BRI’s brewer and maltster at the company’s brewing division in Nutfield, Surrey.

Ed chose to brew a traditional, British India Pale Ale (IPA) using two new British hops – Jester and Endeavour. The company’s pilot maltings and bottling plant are normally used by companies to assist with new product development, so were ideal for creating this very limited edition ale.

Mike Benner, Chief Executive of CAMRA, comments:

“This reward recognises Andrew Gwynne for his invaluable support in the campaign to scrap the beer duty escalator. Andrew really helped in drawing attention to the harm caused by tax increases totaling 42 per cent over four years.”

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments:

“I want to thank Andrew for making a huge difference in achieving the historic duty cut in 2013. We are delighted to honour this achievement in the best way possible – with a great new beer.”

Keith Bott, SIBA chairman, said

“The small, local brewers, who make up the bulk of SIBA’s membership, applaud the work of Andrew Gwynne in the campaign to scrap the Beer Duty Escalator last year.  Brewers now feel more confident about the future of the UK’s brewing industry, and able to make long term business plans.”


One thought on “MP GWYNNE SECURES AWARD for campaigning for beer and pubs

  1. I was shocked to travel through Reddish, where I grew up, to discover the Bull’s Head has gone That pub was such a local landmark and had been there for so long that I thought it would be part of the local landscape forever – nothing could make it close. i’m sorry people growing up there will not have this amenity any more – that it will only live on as the placename where Stockport and Manchester officially meet, or as a destination on bus timetables. and travelling on to Reddish Bridge, it seems every other pub has gone, even the notorious Paloma. Anything to stop the decline will be welcome – what will go next? The Fir Tree? The Houldsworth? If the Bull’s Head has gone, nothing is safe.

    I can’t help thinking, though, that a significant part of the decline in pubs was the previous administration’s rather draconian measure of banning smoking in public places. If you smoke and like a drink, and the two do rather go together, I can see lots of people buying in from the supermarket and doing this at home – less hassle. I’m also really surprised that the Tories, for all their vaunted belief in freedom of the individual, and their stated belief in the right of business to operate with the minimum of red tape and external regulation, did not do the right thing (for once) and repeal this law. After all, the brewing trade is one of the Tory party’s biggest paymasters and has dictated policy to it in the past! The decision as to whether or not smoking is permissible in a pub or other public place should have been solely the individual decision of the landlord or licencee – not block-imposed from above as one of the crazy control freak measures the Blair/Brown administration was notorious for..This would have been fairer and better received.

    The nosedive in pub trade and the smoking ban correlate too closely for this to be chance. But you do not mention this once?

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