CAMRA hails party conference attendance a success

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Camra chief executive Mike Benner and chancellor George Osborne
Camra chief executive Mike Benner and chancellor George Osborne
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has hailed its presence at the three main party conferences as a success after more than 1,900 people, including 70 MPs, visited its stands.

Head of public affairs Jonathan Mail said he was delighted with the strong support.

Visitors to the stands included George Osborne (above right with CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner), Eric Pickles, Nick Clegg, Vince Cable and Ed Balls.

According to Mail, CAMRA’s pop-up pub gave the organisation the perfect opportunity to discuss the need for pubco reform, better planning rules to protect pubs and the benefits from the ending of the beer duty escalator.

He said: “Our policy debates saw enthusiastic support given for the recent cut in beer duty and plans to curb the power of large pubcos. In particular, MPs Greg Mulholland, Toby Perkins and Heather Wheeler were resolute on the need to press ahead with plans for a statutory code and ombudsman.”

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