CAMRA's annual Parliamentary Reception is a success
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CAMRA's annual 2014 parliamentary reception again proved a great success as over 100 MPs, Peers, and CAMRA volunteers came together to celebrate and campaign for real ale.
A range of real ales were available for guests to enjoy, including Moorhouse's Mild Black Cat, Butcombe's best Bitter, Mordue's Workie Ticket, Westerham's Hop Rocket and Elland's 1872 Porter.
CAMRA's three key campaigns were at the forefront of the event, as CAMRA volunteers continued to lobby MPs on supporting a beer duty freeze ahead of this year's Budget, planning reforms as well as the desperate need for pub company reform.
Community Pub Minister Congratulates CAMRA on securing 300 ACVs
Community Pubs Minister Brandon Lewis congratulated CAMRA on reaching its target and securing 300 pubs listed as Assets of Community Value.
He said: "I give CAMRA huge credit and congratulations on getting to the milestone of 300. I will continue to remind local authorities that there are powers that they can use to protect these very important local assets. Getting pubs listed is easy – it just needs 21 people – and we should be encouraging areas to do it".
He added that "pubs are the absolute heartbeat of the community".
Business Secretary Vince Cable questioned over government consultation
Business Secretary Vince Cable, who launched a consultation into reforming the large pub companies nearly a year ago, was asked by CAMRA's National Chairman when the Government would publish a response.
He said: "I am very much on your side on this one.
"I recognise, and my colleagues recognise, there is a very basic unfairness in that relationship and it has got to be dealt with".
On the Government's decision, Vince Cable MP said that the results of the consultation would be announced shortly.
Greg Mulholland MP, the host of the event, continued to urge the Government to publish a response as soon as possible, to ensure licensees are given a fair deal.
Business Secretary says supermarket research will result in discussions with colleagues
The Business Secretary also commented on CAMRA's recent research that reveals 2 pubs are converted into supermarkets every week, stating that he was "not aware of the extent to this problem" and that he would ensure this would be discussed with his colleagues.
Campaigns Manager Emily Ryans commented: "The event was a great success which showcased the excellent work CAMRA volunteers have been doing to raise awareness of issues affecting the industry".