Uproar after Andrew Griffiths MP handed CAMRA award

By Ellie Bothwell

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Andrew Griffiths MP, who CAMRA members claim has 'constantly tried to undermine industry reform'
Andrew Griffiths MP, who CAMRA members claim has 'constantly tried to undermine industry reform'

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Andrew Griffiths MP has been named Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) Parliamentarian of the Year - a move which has sparked dissent from the body’s members and anti-pubco campaigners.

In a surprise decision, the MP for Burton and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group was given the award at a CAMRA reception in the House of Commons last night, for his contribution to the Government’s decision to scrap the beer duty escalator and cut beer duty for two years in a row.

However, CAMRA member and activist Gareth Epps said the move was “frankly stupid” given that Griffiths vehemently opposed the body’s campaign to strengthen the planning process and has “constantly tried to undermine industry reform on behalf of his mates in the pubcos”.

“No matter what he has done to get a penny off the price of a pint in some pubs, the punters of dozens of good pubs he has helped close won't thank him or CAMRA one bit," he said.

The decision also caused uproar among anti-pubco campaigners on Twitter, who labelled the move as “appalling” and said it shows that CAMRA is “out of touch”.

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higher taxes?

Posted by tooldinthetooth,

Mr Griffiths signed up for higher taxes, no need to, the breweries in his area are doing it on his behalf. Just got my increases off Marstons, a pint of Pedigree going from £3.24 a pint to £3.56, making me a 40%gp. Fosters from £3.25 to £3.48 a pint, with a 40% GP. Marstons retail pubs in 2 mile radius, pedigree £2.70 a pint and Fostera £2.50 a pint Take Marstons now pushing it's tenants out the hard way, can't buy from anywhere else, fo price increase tenants out of their pubs, and just before a budget, where if the chancellor reduced the duty, the breweries never pass it on. This is the guy that
Camra supported??????????

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AG 95% - GM 74%

Posted by Interested Observer,


So Greg's not too far behind!

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Stephen Oliver

Posted by Inez,

Hi Stephen

Andrew Griffiths has voted strongly for the policy 'Higher taxes on alcoholic drinks' http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/mp.php?mpid=40133&dmp=6694 I would be really interested to learn how you think that this has helped the industry? Are these actions helpful to brewers? Helpful to pubcos? Helpful to licensees? Helpful to consumers? And if you think that they are then why?

Does this sort of voting not try to ensure that we all pay more for an alcoholic drink, pint included? Doesn't these sort of actions potentially place the industry in a far worse state?

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