The Midlands-based brewer and pub operator announced that it has become a corporate members of the group, currently chaired by Burton MP Andrew Griffiths. It has donated £3,700 since signing up in January.
The Beer Group, which was set up in 1993, is believed to be one of the largest All-Party Group in Parliament. It brings together MPs and Peers from all political parties who are united in their support for the substantial economic contribution that beer and pubs make to the UK economy.
Richard Westwood, managing director of the Marston’s Beer Company, said “We have been enormously impressed how Andrew has championed beer and pubs since he was elected as Burton’s MP in 2010. He worked tirelessly to convince the Chancellor of the damage that was being done by the UK’s very high beer duty.”
Griffiths said: "I am delighted that Marston’s has decided to become supporters of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group at Westminster. Our purpose is to help government understand that brewing is a home grown British manufacturing success story: 82% of all beer consumed in this country is made in the UK, and the sector adds over £21bn to the UK economy."
The group is funded in part by major brewers and pubcos that are corporate members. The latest donations listed on the Parliament website are:
- £2,000 from Heineken UK
- £5,500 from each of the following: Greene King, SAB Miller, Punch Taverns and Heineken UK, ABInbev, Diageo, Molson Coors UK
- £2,650 from each of the following: Stonegate Pubs, Spirit Pub Company
- £2,000 from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers
- £5,000 from each of the following: Carlsberg UK and the Society of Independent Brewers
- £3,700 from Marston’s