LABOUR candidate Joy Squires has pledged her support for pub-goers and beer drinkers in Worcester by backing CAMRA’s Election Manifesto.
CAMRA’s 17,797 members in the West Midlands are asking candidates to promote and celebrate Britain’s 1,540 breweries and more than 50,000 pubs by considering a range of measures to help make pub-going and beer drinking more affordable for UK consumers.
After pledging her support, Coun Squires has committed to promote Britain’s breweries, support action to help pubs thrive and represent the interest of pub-goers, beer and cider drinkers if elected into the next Parliament
Beer, brewing and pubs support nearly 89,000 jobs in the West Midlands and contribute £3billion to the region’s economy annually.
Candidates are therefore being urged to ensure the sector is not left behind in the Brexit negotiations due to take place in the coming years.
Coun Squires said: “I am proud to be speaking up for pubs and real ale.
“You only have to look at my local, Worcester’s Chestnut Tree in Lansdowne Road, to see how a well-run community pub play a crucial role in local life and can have a huge impact on people’s happiness and social inclusion.
“My husband is a CAMRA member and I recently supported a local brewery’s crowdfunding appeal,” she added.
Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s National Chairman says: “Pubs are a uniquely British institution which showcase our nation’s brewing tradition while providing an essential community base for those that use them.
“It is therefore critical that pub-goers and beer drinkers are not left behind when it comes to negotiating Britain’s future over the coming years,” he added.