West Dorset MP Hailed "Beer Champion" for Industry Support
8:17am 14th April 2014
He may have been called a lot of things, but now a West Dorset's MP has been declared a 'Beer Champion'!
However it's not what you may think, Palmers Brewery in Bridport are praising Oliver Letwin after his support in reducing the tax paid on beer.
The Government has cut the duty on beer by a penny a pint the last two years in a row, and Palmers say Mr Letwin's been a big help to the local beer industry.
Palmers say they've used the duty cut to help the tenants of all their 55 pubs.
Cleeves Palmer, Sales and Marketing Director at Palmers Brewery, told Wessex FM, 'I'm very, very pleased that beer duty has been cut and I hope it carries on. I'm glad the Government has finally understood that beer duty had gone up by far too much - 42 per cent in four years! We wanted to thank Oliver for his support.'
Dr Letwin responded by saying, 'I'm glad that we've been able to do something for the pubs of West Dorset, which are an important part of the social life of the place. As pubs begin to be places more and more where food and atmosphere are just as important as the drink, one wants to try to find a way of enabling people to invest and upgrade and that becomes easier if the duty is lower.'