15:00 Monday 20 January 2014

Uttoxeter MP handed gong for pub industry support

Written byROB SMYTH

THE MP representing Uttoxeter has been honoured for his work to support the beer industry.

The town’s MP Andrew Griffiths has been presented with a new beer as part of a joint initiative between the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), Burton-based Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

The three organisations wanted to recognise the role of MPs who supported the British beer industry during 2013.

Mr Griffiths told the Advertiser that the recognition meant a lot to him after his tireless efforts to show his support for the beer and pub industry and its workers.

He said: “I am delighted to have been recognised as a beer champion by CAMRA and the brewing and pub industry.

“I am even more delighted that these awards recognise the large number of MPs from across all parties that joined in with the campaign I led.

“The extra bonus was that Worthington’s White Shield was served at the event to celebrate.

“I’m always happy to educate my colleagues on how great East Staffordshire beer is.”

Mr Griffiths was picked out of all the MPs due to his work in Parliament votes, supportive motions and his contribution to the debates.

He was handed a special limited edition bottled beer, which was brewed in Surrey, as a reward for his hard work.

Thanking all of the MPs involved, Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “MPs made a huge difference and deserve our thanks and recognition.

“We are delighted to honour this achievement in the best way possible – with a great new beer.”

Mike Benner, chief executive of CAMRA, said: “This reward recognises the invaluable support given by MP.”

SIBA boss Keith Bott added that the society was ‘enormously grateful’ to the MPs who continued to show their support for British beer industry.

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