Local pubs can be a fantastic asset. A safe, enjoyable space to socialise, and a way for people to access live music and other forms of entertainment right at the heart of the community.
Despite their important role in community life and their significant contribution to our economy, each week 18 pubs close across England.
I believe it is better to have safe places where people can socialise and enjoy alcohol rather than having people binging on cheap drink from the supermarket. I want the Government to back our community pubs and help keep them open.
I have written to the Chancellor ahead of the budget this autumn to highlight that pubs provide employment for over 900,000 people and contribute £23 billion to the economy. On average a pub generates £140,000 in tax revenue each year.
Beer accounts for 7 out of every 10 alcoholic drinks sold in UK pubs, so decisions over Beer Duty can make a huge impact. A duty cut could pay for itself by keeping pubs open and protecting jobs.
The Government are planning to raise Beer Duty but I have made the case to the Chancellor to cut the duty instead and reduce the burden on community pubs.