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MP to swap the House for shift in a public one . . .


Monday 25th July 2011 (Andrew Griffiths)
MP to swap the House for shift in a public one . . .

BURTON’S MP has called on his fellow parliamentarians to get behind the bar of their local in a bid to understand the pressures faced by people working in the pub industry.

Andrew Griffiths revealed to the Mail that he would be pulling pints at a Burton pub in the near future, but said his aim at the moment was to get as many other MPs to join him.

He said: “Politicians make decisions that have an effect on the pub and industry and its future.

“This is why I think it is important for MPs to spend a shift working in a pub in their area as it will open their eyes to the pressures and challenge that everyone involved faces on a day-to-day basis.

“Not only would we all learn something, it would demonstrate everyone’s commitment to community pubs.

“I, of course, will be behind the bar in the near future but my plan is to get as many of my fellow MPs — from all parties — involved as possible.”

The plea comes after Mr Griffiths claimed that politicians had failed the pub and brewing industry while addressing other MPs and members of the trade at the annual All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group last week.

He told the crowd: “We love British beer and love the pub industry.We want to see the renaissance of the pub and bar industry.

British beer is something we should be proud of. We should do more to celebrate the best British products.British beer is something we should be proud of. We should do more to celebrate the best British products.

“We, as politicians, have let you down.

“While we all support the beer industry and pubs, over successive years the Government has, inmany ways, made it difficult for you to trade.

He also claimed the shift towards people buying alcohol from supermarkets rather than pubs had ‘caused the breakdown in society’.

Mr Griffiths asked MPs to pledge to do something for local pubs and breweries in their constituency, including volunteering to do a shift behind the bar.

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