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Bedford & Kempston MP, Richard Fuller, has been honoured with a prestigious award for his championing of Britain’s beer industry. He was presented with a certificate and souvenir pump clip by local brewer and pub operator Charles Wells, on a visit to the Queens Park brewery.
The special award is a joint initiative from the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), who wanted to recognise the role of MPs who supported Britain’s national drink during the 2010-2015 Parliament. It acknowledges acts of advocacy in Parliament, in votes, supportive motions, and debates.
In particular, the award highlights the support of Richard Fuller MP in securing an historic hat-trick of consecutive cuts in beer duty in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Budgets, helping to safeguard jobs and investment, and keeping beer affordable for consumers.
Receiving his award, Richard Fuller MP said: “The brewing and pub sector is a dynamic part of the local economy in Bedford, creating jobs and contributing to the local economy. It is at the centre of the hospitality industry, our cultural heritage and the social life of every community. In Bedford alone, it contributes £78.4m to GDP and provides jobs for nearly 2000 people, of which 489 are 16-24 year olds.”
Richard’s award was presented by Justin Phillimore, Managing Director of Charles Wells Brewery who commented, “MPs of all parties made a huge difference in achieving the historic duty cuts in the last three Budgets, and deserve our thanks and recognition. We are delighted that Richard Fuller has spoken on our behalf on many occasions and it’s a pleasure to welcome him to the brewery to honour his contribution to achieving the third successive duty cut.
“We have automatically passed this cut onto our customers but as well as encouraging more people into the pub to enjoy Britain’s traditional drink, the cuts have given us the confidence to invest in our business which is good news for the local economy“ continued Phillimore. “Last year we invested £2.3m in our brewery and a further £4m into our pub estate and we will continue to work within our operating areas to offer great local beers in a welcoming and enjoyable environment.”