Accolade toasts MP's beer tax intervention

Banbury Cake: Sir Tony Baldry, left, receives his award from James Clarke Buy this photo Sir Tony Baldry, left, receives his award from James Clarke

Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry has been recognised for his efforts in securing a cut in beer duty at last year’s Budget.

Mr Baldry was presented with a Beer Champion award and a specially brewed bottle of beer at the Ye Olde Reindeer Inn in Banbury by James Clarke, managing director of the Hook Norton brewery.

The award is a joint initiative from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Mr Clarke said: “I was honoured to present the award to Tony Baldry for all his efforts. As a local brewery, we are delighted we can now look to the future of the UK’s brewing industry.”

The industry is now campaigning for a freeze in duty in next week’s Budget.

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