General Election 2017 - Pledge for Pubs! 

Ahead of the General Election on Thursday 8th June, CAMRA asked election candidates to pledge their support for beer and pubs by committing to:

1. Beer: Celebrate and promote Britain's 1,540 breweries
2. Pubs: Support action to help pubs thrive
3. Consumers: Represent the interests of pub goers, beer and cider drinkers

In total, 773 candidates signed up to our #pledgeforpubs and 130 of them were elected! You can download the list of elected MPs who supported CAMRA's pledges here. 

We'd like to say a big thanks to all of the candidates who added their support, and all the CAMRA members who joined in the campaign. 

Pulling together to:

Pledge 1 Beer

Celebrate Britain's breweries

Pledge 2 Pubs

Help pubs thrive

Pledge 3 Consumers

Speak up for pub-goers and beer drinkers

Number of supporters

773

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Comment from CAMRA on the Conservative Manifesto

Comment from CAMRA on the Conservative Manifesto

Following the release of the Conservative Manifesto, please find below comment from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which is urging election candidates to back a number of pledges to support British pubs and beer.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA's National Chairman says:

"CAMRA welcomes the Conservatives' recognition that the business rates system is harming small businesses. Thousands of community pubs are struggling under this burden, with pubs paying 2.8% of all business rates but accounting for only 0.5% of total business turnover. 

"Urgent action is needed and we would like to see the promised review of the business rates system include a permanent rate relief for pubs of £5,000 per year. The commitment not to increase VAT will also be a welcome announcement for pubs currently facing a high tax burden.

"We also welcome the commitment that undertakings made during takeovers or mergers will be considered legally binding in the future. It's critically important that when takeovers happen companies have a legal obligation to stick to their promises and public statements in order to ensure that consumers are not misled.

"We would urge Conservative candidates who are serious about supporting Britain's pubgoers and beer drinkers to join the other 245 candidates from across all parties who have already pledged support for CAMRA's #pledgeforpubs."
 
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CAMRA's full Manifesto for candidates can be accessed at www.camra.org.uk/pledgeforpubs

Please get in touch if you would like to speak to Colin for an interview.

CAMRA Press Office

01727 337 863 / press@camra.org.uk

About CAMRA:

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 187,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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