More MPs have signed the Early Day Motion (EDM) calling for a freeze in beer duty than any another tax-related EDM.

One hundred MPs have now put their name to the EDM ahead of this month’s Budget.

Andrew Griffiths MP, the Burton MP and chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, who has spearheaded the campaign in Parliament, said: “The Chancellor’s cut in beer duty last year was a historic, confidence-building measure for this vital sector. But with beer tax having risen by 42% over the previous five years, more action is needed. It will take many years to undo the damage and at the very least, a freeze is needed.

“At very little cost, the Chancellor can protect 2,400 jobs in a great British industry. It is a win-win situation.”

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “I want to thank MPs of all parties for their tremendous support. For all those campaigning in our industry, there is still time to ask your own MP to help the campaign.”

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