Eleven MPs have supported calls for the beer duty escalator to be suspended in next month’s Budget. They have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) from Andrew Griffiths MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, that says the move would “help reduce pub closures, create 5,000 additional jobs and ensure pub going remains an affordable leisure activity”. The EDM states that beer and pubs contribute £21bn to the UK’s GDP and support almost 1m jobs. “2012, as a year of national celebrations, is the perfect time to recognise the economic and social value of great British beer and the pub industry,” the EDM says. Other MPs to sign the motion include Greg Mulholland, the vociferous pubco critic and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group. The Budget takes place on 21 March.