Cllr Julian Ware-Lane, local Labour General Election candidate for Southend West has today pledged to support local pubs and breweries.
The three pledges are highlighted in the Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, which sets out a package of reforms they are seeking from the next Government. These important pledges are to:
• Support well-run community pubs
• Promote Britain’s breweries
• Represent pub goers and beer drinkers.
Tim Page, CAMRA’s Chief Executive welcomed Julian Ware-Lane’s support, saying:
“We are delighted that Cllr Julian Ware-Lane has pledged their support for pubs, breweries and consumers. As, on average, 31 pubs close each week it is absolutely vital that our elected representatives recognise and champion the value of these important community assets, and work to protect them.
“CAMRA is urging the next Government to act to ensure that pubs are better protected in the planning system, that large pub companies treat their licensees fairly and that beer duty is set at a level which supports UK brewing.”
Julian Ware-Lane added:
“I am proud to be speaking up for pubs and real ale. Well-run community pubs play a crucial role in local life and make a huge contribution to the local economy – with each injecting around £80,000 to the local area every year.
If elected, I will continue to show my support in Parliament.”
CAMRA is a consumer group with over 165,000 members and acts as the independent voice for real ale drinkers and pub goers. CAMRA’s vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.
CAMRA’s Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale is available at http://files.camra.org.uk/Camra%20Manifesto.pdf.