The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has teamed up with the New Statesman to produce a special report on pubs that will be circulated to all MPs and Peers, writes Ewan Turney. The supplement is a policy report on the role of pubs in British culture and social life and aims to move the alcohol debate away from the Daily Mail binge drinking headlines to encourage a more mature and sensible consideration of the industry’s contribution and its benefits. The ALMR has also taken the lead in bringing together contributions from other industry partners including the BII, Best Bar None, British Beer and Pub Association and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). Other contributors to the supplement, published on Monday, include leading journalists, academics and commentators. Artciles include: • Politicians just don’t get out enough — they don’t understand how the rest of us socialise. • What is social capital and why don’t governments treasure it? • Why is drinking always ‘bad’ and revellers always rowdy? • Feargal Sharkey on the role of pubs in promoting live music; community pubs and industry statistics. Licensees are also being encouraged to buy a copy and send to their local MP.