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SIBA urges parliamentary candidates to raise a patriotic pint

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SIBA urges parliamentary candidates to raise a patriotic pint

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The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) is encouraging all 2,000 prospective parliamentary candidates to link up with a local brewer in their constituency for a ‘patriotic pint’ on election day.

SIBA wants newly-elected MPs to raise a celebratory glass of British beer, rather than imported champagne.

Managing director Mike Benner said: “Whether they’ll be mild or bitter after the votes have been counted, we hope all the prospective candidates recognise the importance that beer plays in the British economy. Whatever their political allegiance, we want newly elected MPs to be photographed with a glass of honest British beer, not French fizz or Spanish sparkle.”

He added: “The serious issue behind our call to toast election success with a patriotic pint is the need for the next Parliament to get behind Britain’s thriving independent brewing sector. Three successive duty cuts under the current coalition have been a major boost to Britain’s brewers, and that support needs to continue.

“Beer is our national drink, and for every job created in brewing, a further 18 are created in pubs, and another three in supply industries such as agriculture.”

The call to arms for prospective parliamentary candidates follows SIBA’s manifesto for British beer, which asks for pledges to support local brewers, back community pubs and extending small breweries’ relief. 

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1 comment

Ugh

Posted by Jezza Clarkson,

That image is a dreadful representation of British Ales

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