Labour MP Ronnie Campbell is backing calls from the Morning Advertiser for VAT to be lowered for hospitality businesses, after he was contacted by a licensee.
Campbell is also urging hosts to write to their MP to get them to push for a 5% rate — which could be a huge boost for the pub and hospitality industry.
The Blyth Valley MP, a founding member of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, said he did not realise that the hospitality VAT rate in some European countries is set at 5%. That was until Tracey Viereck, of the Border Minstrel in Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, told him about it.
This spurred Campbell to set up an Early Day Motion, signed by seven MPs to date, recognising the benefit of the 5% VAT rate in Europe.
He said: "The Government did well to kill off smoking, but now this seems to be trickling down to beer."
Viereck said she is asking other licensees to get in touch with their MPs and "make some noise" about the issue.
The Morning Advertiser's Thrive on 5 campaign is also calling for VAT to be reduced to 5% for hospitality companies.