Mr Pinty leads Parliamentary protest against beer duty

By Ewan Turney

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Mr Pinty: serious message
Mr Pinty: serious message
Mr Pinty — a new 6ft cartoon character campaigning to save the British pub — led a protest march against beer duty hikes at Parliament today. Mr...

Mr Pinty — a new 6ft cartoon character campaigning to save the British pub — led a protest march against beer duty hikes at Parliament today.

Mr Pinty was be joined by chums such as Ringo from Ringwood and Mr Waddie from Wadworth's.

The group visited the Treasury to deliver a campaign postcard to the Chancellor before walking down Whitehall to meet members of the public.

Since the Government imposed an 18% increase in beer tax last year, more than 2,000 pubs have closed with the loss of 20,000 jobs. Independent research has shown that 75,000 further jobs are threatened by Government tax increases.

More than 70,000 members of the public have joined the massive grassroots-based "Axe the Beer Tax, Save the Pub" campaign organised by pubs and beer consumers and 25,000 people have lobbied their MP since November.

As a result, over 202 MPs, from all political parties, have signed a parliamentary motion supporting the campaign.

"I am protesting with my friends today to make sure the Chancellor realises how horrible he is being to our lovely British pubs," said Mr Pinty.

"The taxman already takes more than a third of a pint in tax and in the budget they want to take even more.

"Lots of Mr Pinty's favourite pubs have been closing down since the Chajncellor increased taxes last year. Mr Pinty just doesn't understand why he continues to be so mean to him and his friends. We only want to make a living."

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