Andrew Griffiths MP Standing up for the Brewing Industry

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Andrew Griffiths MP

Andrew Griffiths MP

London, UK – March 5, 2015 -  Andrew Griffiths, the Member of Parliament for Burton and Uttoxeter has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award.  The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Mr Griffiths is nominated for his extensive work with the brewing industry.

Burton upon Trent is the home of British brewing, and as the local Member of Parliament, Mr Griffiths has been working hard over the last five years to represent brewing and pubs in Parliament. With large breweries such as Molson Coors to smaller microbreweries like Burton Bridge and Tower Brewery, as well as large pub companies such as Punch Taverns and Marston’s all based in Burton, there are thousands of people in the constituency dependent on a healthy brewing industry for their livelihoods.

As Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, Mr Griffiths has been the leading spokesman for beer and brewing in Parliament.  He led the successful campaign to scrap the beer duty escalator, introduced by the previous Labour Government, which saw duty on beer increase by 42% in just two years.  Thanks to the work of Mr Griffiths and the campaign, the Chancellor scrapped the beer duty escalator in 2013, and cut duty on beer by one pence a pint. In 2014 after a continued campaign on duty, the Chancellor went one step further and cut beer duty by a further penny, the first time this had ever happened.

Mr Griffiths also helped to campaign for a cut in business rates for pubs, and organised an initiative for other Members of Parliament to spend a shift working behind the bar in their local so they can experience the challenges faced by pubs.

As well as his work with the brewing industry, Mr Griffiths also works extensively with the drug and alcohol rehabilitation sector, both as the patron of a residential rehab in his constituency and as part of the Centre for Social Justice’s Addictions panel.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”

Join Andrew Griffiths MP and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.

Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards

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