MP Greg Mulholland has won praise from the industry after calling for a u-turn on alcohol duties.
The Liberal Democrat and Publican columnist challenged Chancellor Alistair Darling on beer tax in the House of Commons yesterday.
He said the Chancellor would go down in history as "the man who killed the British pub" unless he reversed the tax hike announced in the last Budget.
Speaking at the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) annual conference, chief executive Nick Bish praised Mulholland's stance.
He said: "Greg Mulholland says the Chancellor will go down in history as the man who killed the British pub. For many licensees that is already a painful reality.
"Pubs are closing in record numbers - 14 per week - and the duty escalator will only escalate that decline. It is time for the Chancellor to step off it."
He said the Chancellor was "presiding over his own decline" as the government cannot bring in revenue from closed pubs and higher beer duties fuel inflation.