CAMRA

Boris Johnson: nation's favourite to run a pub

By Nikkie Sutton

- Last updated on GMT

Favourite: Johnson is most trusted to run pubs
Favourite: Johnson is most trusted to run pubs

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The recently appointed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been voted the politician trusted most to run a pub according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The figures, which were released at this CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival showed that a fifth (22%) of those surveyed by YouGov on behalf of CAMRA said they would trust Johnson to run their pub.

UKIP leader and the man who is often pictured in pubs, Nigel Farage came second in the vote with 17% admitting they would trust him to pull pints.

Brexit

From the Tories, Theresa May was placed ahead of Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom, Michael Gove and Stephen Crabb as a 10th of Brits would trust the new Prime Minister to be behind their bar.

In the Labour party, leader Jeremy Corbyn came out top with Angela Eagle, Owen Smith, Tom Watson and John McDonnell following.

With Brexit still a hot topic in and out of pubs across the country, Corbyn came top among the 'remain' voters with Johnson and Farage the most trusted to run the pub by those who wanted to leave the EU.

Politicians and pubs

Chairman of CAMRA Colin Valentine said: “While the poll is a bit of fun, it shows that, in many cases, running a pub requires a lot of the skills of a good politician.

“You need to be able to listen, to be diplomatic and be able to talk to a huge range of people and understand what they need.

“Pubs are the heart of our communities and the people who use them demand a lot of the people who run them – very similar to the demands we make on politicians. It’s not just about running a business, it’s running something that plays a huge part in the lives of the community around them.

“I hope all politicians from all political parties realise the responsibility they have to help support the great British pub trade and also realise what a hard job publicans have to survive.”

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