20 Apr 2014

Green Party beer pledge 'as a bearded real ale drinker....'

As Green Party European Election candidate in the SE European elections I have been getting lots of emails about beer.

CAMRA and the Green Party have some shared goals and personally I am a bearded real ale drinker so this is what I have communicated.

Dear ,

The Green Party supports the aims of CAMRA and works hard to promote them.

I am a beer drinker and enjoy a pint in my local pubs the Squirrels, Duke of Edinburgh and Winning Post in Winkfield where I live.

Our leader  Natalie Bennett has supported the Save George IV pub campaign.  http://greenparty.org.uk/news/2013/01/09/green-party-leader-campaigns-for-local-businesses/

Our South East MEP Keith Taylor gave a beer award to The Jolly Anglers in Reading, noting “I think it’s important to support local pubs and the production of local beer and cider in the region. For this reason I have long supported the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in its mission to promote community pubs as a safe and sociable place to enjoy a pint. The Jolly Anglers is just such a place and I am proud to recognise it with this award.” http://reading.greenparty.org.uk/news1/green-mep-keith-taylor-presents-community-pub-award-to-reading-pub.html

I have pasted our policy on pubs passed at Green Party conference, do feel free to get in touch if you want more details.

thanks for getting in touch,

Derek Wall

South East Green Party European Candidate http://www.segreens.com/

Follow me on twitter @Anothergreen

East Berkshire Green Party @EastBerksGP

> Dear Dr Derek Wall
> I am contacting you as a member of CAMRA and as your potential constituent to ask you to show your support for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights if you are successful in May's European Parliament election.
> CAMRA is a consumer group with 160,000 members and acts as an independent voice for real ale drinkers and pub goers. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.
> Pubs are a unique and valued British institution, contributing £22 billion to UK GDP every year and supporting more than 900,000 jobs. However, with new research showing that 28 pubs are closing every week, we are concerned that action is needed to protect and support them.
> As a member of the European Beer Consumers Union, a federation of 13 national beer consumer organisations across Europe, CAMRA is asking that election candidates commit to support beer and pubs. In particular, we are seeking action on:
> - Diversity of beer - British breweries are thriving with 1,100 small breweries currently operating. We support action to ensure consumers have access to a wide variety of beer in pubs, such as with the introduction of free of tie options and a guest beer right for licensees tied to large pub companies
> - Information about beer - in particular, we support ingredients listing and inclusion of the point of origin on all beer labels
> - Cost of beer - we encourage the consumption of beer (a low alcohol product) in the responsible environment of well-run community pubs, and so we support action to ensure the price of beer remains affordable
> Your support is very much appreciated, and I wish you the best of luck in the election.
> Yours sincerely,

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