Burton MP, Andrew Griffiths, has been appointed Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Beer. Less than two months since he was elected to Westminster, Andrew has won the support of Parliamentary peers to be chosen to take on the important role of Vice Chairman on the influential group.
“I am thrilled to have been appointed to this position. During my election campaign, I promised to do all I could for the local brewing industry and I am delighted that I can give Burton brewers a stronger voice in Parliament. I look forward to promoting the valuable role that beer and the pub play in society with the backing of my colleagues in Westminster.”
The Beer Group is one of the largest and most influential groups in Parliament. Andrew succeeded Mr Nigel Evans MP when he stood down from the position of Vice Chairman of the Beer APPG to take up his new role of Deputy Speaker of the House. Speaking about his successor, Nigel said:
“I am delighted to hand over my position as Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group to someone who is so passionate about real ale and the pub industry. Andrew represents an important Mecca of brewing in the United Kingdom, and this position could have gone to no one better. Andrew will be committed to supporting this vital industry, and I hope I am able to assist him in his important new duties.”
Marston’s Chief Executive Ralph Findlay said:
“Good communication between the brewing industry and Parliament is essential. It will be hugely helpful to have Andrew in such an influential position, particularly given his close working relationship with the brewers in Burton.”