During the run up to the General Election, I’m being emailed every day by various organisations asking me (and other election candidates) to endorse their manifestos, sign their pledges and fill in their questionnaires. Here’s one of the latest issues I’m happy to endorse as a candidate for the Green Party here in East Devon.
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale is asking Election Candidates to show their support for community pubs, local brewers and consumers by signing up to five key pledges. CAMRA is a not-for-profit, volunteer-led consumer group with a growing membership of over 110,000 individuals. CAMRA campaigns to ensure that consumers have access to a choice of ales in their local community pubs, at a fair price and in a quality environment.
Every day, more than 5 pubs are closing – this is having a devastating impact on community life and social cohesion, causing job losses and depriving communities of the £80,000 that each pub injects into their local economy.
On behalf of Britain’s 15 million pub goers, I am committing to:
1) Promote the interests of Britain’s pub goers
2) Champion well-run community pubs
3) Rebalance alcohol taxation to support beer and pubs
4) Reform the beer tie to deliver a fair deal for consumers
5) Support the role of well-run pubs as solutions to alcohol misuse