Mid-Cornwall MP Steve Double has received a special award from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), in recognition of his support for the Long Live the Local campaign and helping to secure consecutive freezes in beer duty.
Steve was presented with the ‘Beer Champion’ award, a tap-handle trophy created especially for the occasion.
The special award is an initiative from BBPA to recognise the role of Steve and other MPs from across the House, in supporting Britain’s national drink since the 2017 General Election. The award especially recognizes Steve’s 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.
Brewing and pubs are vital to the local economy in every part of the country. The Long Live the Local campaign is campaigning for a cut in beer duty in this year’s Budget and so far over 90,000 people have supported the petition this year, including 228 in the St Austell and Newquay constituency alone.
Commenting, Steve said:
“I have always been a strong supporter of helping our brewers and pub and hospitality industry by consistently lobbying the government to secure consecutive freezes in beer duty.”
“St Austell Brewery is an award winning major employer both in the town and with pubs throughout Cornwall and the wider South West, with Iconic beers bearing St Austell’s name are shipped around the UK and around the world.”
“I’d like to thank the BBPA for their award, pay ‘tribute’ to their work and congratulate them on the ‘proper job’ they continue to do in representing their industry as a strong voice in Westminster.”
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments:
“This award recognises Steve for his invaluable support for the Great British pub and Britain’s historic brewing industry. I want to thank Steve for the work done in securing two beer duty freezes in this parliament, and for their support for the brewing and pubs sector since the 2017 election.”