To give you a flavour (to coin a phrase!) of where I stand, below is a copy of an e-mail I sent to CAMRA before the election. I have met them twice in Parliament since the election.
* stronger protection for pubs in the planning system, including a requirement that planning permission be obtained before a pub can be converted to any other use.
* the tenant being allowed to choose to pay a higher rent in exchange for being free to buy beer on the open market being included in the new Statutory Code governing tied premises
* guest beer rights for publicans tied to large companies being included in the new Statutory Code governing tied premises.
* measures to try to ensure that large pub companies treat publicans fairly.
* retention of the freedoms of the Licensing Act 2003 to ensure consumers continue to enjoy greater choice.
* enforcement to ensure an end to the practice of serving short measures.
* rules to ensure that pricing information is clearly displayed.
* setting excise duty on beer at a level which supports UK brewing.
* retention of the Small Breweries’ Relief to continue to support the growth of small local breweries.
* renegotiation of the EU’s Excise Duty Directive, so that a member state be allowed to levy a preferential rate of excise duty on draught beer sold in pubs.
* renegotiation of the EU’s Excise Duty Directive, so that a member state be allowed to levy a reduced excise duty on low strength beers up to 3.5% ABV in strength.
* retention of the existing duty exemption for small cider producers who produce.
Rob Marris MP