Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry has been handed a Parliamentary Beer Champions award to commemorate his support of the country’s beer industry.
Sir Tony was presented with the award in recognition of his work to help scrap the Beer Duty Escalator, which saw an automatic two per cent increase in beer duty every year.
The award is a joint initiative by the British Beer & Pub Asssociation (BBPA), CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
Sir Tony was happy to receive the award and said local breweries make big contributions to Banburyshire.
He said: “The last government’s introduction of the beer escalator had a real impact on local pubs and breweries.
“The next budget is next week. It would be wonderful to see no increase in the price of beer but I think that’s a paradise unlikely to happen in my lifetime. I just hope it never goes up faster than inflation.”
James Clarke, managing director at Hook Norton Brewery, presented Sir Tony with the award at Banbury’s Ye Olde Reindeer Inn on February 28.
He said: “I was honoured to present the award to Tony Baldry for all his efforts in helping to secure last year’s historic cut in beer duty in the budget. As a local brewery we are delighted that we can now look to the future.”
A new limited edition ale was also created to mark the award.