They have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) put forward from Andrew Griffiths MP and chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, that said the move would “help reduce pub closures, create 5,000 additional jobs and ensure pub going remains an affordable leisure activity”.
The EDM states that beer and pubs contribute £21bn to the UK’s GDP and support almost 1m jobs.
“2012, as a year of national celebrations, is the perfect time to recognise the economic and social value of great British beer and the pub industry,” the EDM says.
The motion was supported by MP Greg Mulholland, chairman of the All-Party Save the Pub Group.
The EDM in Parliament with the most signatures from MPs at 275 is one tabled by Mulholland in June 2010, which calls for the House of recognise the social, economic and cultural importance of well-run community pubs.