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MP pops into pub for a supportive pint

LORELY Burt dropped in at the Golden Acres pub in Rowood Drive, Solihull, last Saturday as publicans across the country celebrated their second 'Proud of Pubs' week.

LORELY Burt dropped in at the Golden Acres pub in Rowood Drive, Solihull, last Saturday as publicans across the country celebrated their second 'Proud of Pubs' week.

The Solihull MP was one of more than 100 MPs visiting pubs during the national celebration of pubs, organised by The Publican magazine, which ran from July 13 to 20.

Mrs Burt spent time with regulars at the Golden Acres and heard for herself the positive contribution that their local makes in the neighbour-hood.

She also discussed concerns with licensees Simon and Kerry Carter as pubs face up to an unprecedented series of challenges in 2008, including spiralling beer prices and loss leader sales of alcohol in supermarkets.

"It's always a pleasure to visit a well managed community pub like the Golden Acres, but so many pubs are increasingly under threat from loss leader alcohol sales in the major supermarkets.

"I believe there is a real case for government to consider a minimum price per unit of alcohol on super-market sales of beers and cider. This could help combat binge drinking and encourage more people to pay a visit to their local instead of drinking at home."

 

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