Award is no small beer for Dearne MP

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A South Yorkshire MP has been given three cheers after proving he’s a glass above the rest.

Wentworth MP John Healey has been named a ‘beer champion’ for the second year running - for his commitment to helping the UK pub industry.

The Parliamentary beer champion awards are run by the British Beer and Pub Association and SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers.

The MP called for a cut in beer tax and reform of the pub industry, which he said favours big pub companies at the expense of pub goers, tenants and lessees.

John received his award from Andrew Griffiths MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group.

The organisations wanted to recognise MPs who supported Britain’s national drink during the 2010-2015 Parliament. It recognises acts of advocacy, in votes, supportive motions, and debates.

In particular, the award highlights support in securing two historic cuts in beer duty in the 2013 and 2014 Budgets, helping to secure jobs, investment and keeping beer affordable for consumers.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA said: “MPs of all parties made a huge difference in achieving the second historic duty cuts in 2013 and 2014, and deserve our thanks and recognition. We are delighted to honour their contribution.”

SIBA managing director Mike Benner said: “We are enormously grateful to the MPs whose support for British beer over recent years has created a far more optimistic outlook for our industry. I’m sure the champions will celebrate their success in their home town, with a pint of great, locally brewed beer.”