Ruth Smeeth, local Labour Party General Election candidate for Stoke-on-Trent North 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 Ruth’s support, saying:
“We are delighted that Ruth Smeeth 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.”
Ruth Smeeth 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.”