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Raising a glass: (l-r) Annabel Smith, Dea Latis; Lilian Greenwood MP; Jess Phillips MP; Lisa Harlow, Dea Latis; Brigid Simmonds, CEO BBPA; Sophie Goodall, head of public affairs at Heineken UK; Ruth Smeeth MP; Alison McGovern MP

Dea Latis celebrates women in the pub industry at beer tasting

By Claire Churchard

More than 70 female MPs and women working in brewing and related industries attended the third beer tasting to be held in parliament by beer and women group Dea Latis, the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG) and the British Beer & Pub Association...

 Winning formula: From L-R Steve Baker, National Pubwatch chairman; Graham Tuach, Romford Town Pubwatch chairman; James Hall, Romford Town Pubwatch deputy chairman; Gavin Shuker MP; Charles Ireland, general manager Diageo Great Britain, Ireland and France

Diageo National Pubwatch Awards unveils winners

By Claire Churchard

Romford Town’s Pubwatch scheme collected the top prize at the glittering Diageo National Pubwatch Awards last night for its significant contribution to community safety.

Paul Newby appointment rethink backed by Parliament

PCA appointment rethink backed by Parliament

By Liam Coleman

Parliament has delivered a further blow to Paul Newby by backing a motion calling on the Government to "reopen the appointment process for the PCA (pubs code adjudicator)".

Beer Group MP: 'We won over beer, many would say we lost over pubs'

Beer Group MP: 'We won over beer, many would say we lost over pubs'

By Andrew Griffiths MP

Just like the Forth Road Bridge, where famously workmen on completing a new coat of paint have to start all over again at the other end, so the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group begins again at the start of the new Parliament.

Bernard Brindley BII chairman dies

BII chairman Bernard Brindley dies

By John Harrington

Bernard Brindley, the pub industry stalwart and chairman of the BII (British Institute of Innkeeping), has died, aged 63.

VAT Club on track says Jacques Borel

VAT Club ‘back on track’, says Borel

By Rob Willock

Jacques Borel’s VAT Club has obtained 24 lobbying appointments with MPs and had responses from a further 55, according to the veteran campaigner.

BBPA beer duty freeze

BBPA calls for support for beer duty freeze in Budget

By Michelle Perrett

The chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association Brigid Simmonds has written to MPs urging them to support a Parliamentary motion calling for a freeze in beer duty in the Budget on 20 March.

Picture Gallery: CAMRA Mass Lobby on Beer Duty

Picture Gallery: CAMRA Mass Lobby on Beer Duty

Yesterday saw 1,200 CAMRA members descend on Westminster to lobby their MP about reviewing the beer duty escalator. The PMA has put together a photo gallery of the day's events.

MPs express dismay at delay over pub industry framework code

MPs attack Enterprise and BBPA over delays to pubco code of practice

By Gurjit Degun & Michelle Perrett

Version six of the Industry Framework Code, set up to improve the pubco-tenant relationship, is expected to be signed off by the end of 2012 but full implementation is unlikely before the middle of next year, British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)...

FLVA defends decision over fees

FLVA defends decision over fees

By Tony Halstead

The FLVA has defended its decision to impose a premium fee for new members for handling major negotiations such as rent reviews and dilapidations charges.

MPs pledge to work bar shifts

MPs pledge to work bar shifts

By Michelle Perrett

Forty MPs have pledged to work a shift behind the bar in their local pub to learn about the pressures faced by the sector.

Bob Neill: will visit his local to pour pints

Pubs minister pledges to work behind bar

By Michelle Perrett

Community Pubs Minister Bob Neill is the latest MP to pledge to work behind the bar in support of the pub trade. He is the first Government...

Robertson: BII is part of the industry, not independent from it

BII backs code policing

By Michelle Perrett

British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) chief executive Neil Robertson has defended the organisation's policing of the codes.

Alan Meale: knighthood

Knighthood for former APPBG chairman

By Michelle Perrett

Alan Meale, founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, has been granted a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Cask Marque: quality accreditation scheme

Heineken joins Cask Marque

By Gurjit Degun

Heineken UK has become a corporate member of cask ale accreditation scheme Cask Marque. Cask Marque will play an integral part in the Heineken UK...

British Pub Week chair Inez Ward, Ian Ronayne and Neil Robertson

BII boss behind bar for British Pub Week

By Lesley Foottit

BII chief executive Neil Robertson did his part for the pub trade last night by stepping behind the bar to serve punters in aid of British Pub Week....

Smoking ban: licensees want choice

LVA lobbies MPs on smoke ban relaxation

By John Harrington

A Sussex-based trade body has written to three local MPs urging them to back a bid to relax the smoking ban. The 1066 LVA, based in Hastings, is...

Mulholland: meeting with John Healey

Mulholland to meet pubs minister

By John Harrington

Pro-pub MP Greg Mulholland is to meet the new pubs minister John Healey to discuss the problems facing the industry. Mulholland, chair of the All...