THE MPs who represent Burton and South Derbyshire have been honoured for their work to support the beer industry.
Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths and Heather Wheeler, who represents South Derbyshire, were both presented with a new beer as part of a joint initiative between the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), Burton-based Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The three organisations wanted to recognise the role of MPs who supported the British beer industry during 2013.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “I am delighted to have been recognised as a beer champion by CAMRA and the brewing and pub industry.
“I am even more delighted that these awards recognise the large number of MPs from across all parties that joined the campaign I led.
“The extra bonus was that Worthington’s White Shield was served at the event to celebrate – I’m always happy to educate my colleagues on how great Burton beer is.”
Mr Griffiths and Mrs Wheeler were picked out due to their work in Parliament votes, supportive motions and debates.
They were handed a special limited edition bottled beer, which was brewed in Surrey.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: “MPs made a huge difference and deserve our thanks and recognition.
“We are delighted to honour this achievement in the best way possible – with a great new beer.”
Mike Benner, chief executive of CAMRA, said: “This reward recognises the invaluable support given by MP.”
SIBA boss Keith Bott said: “We are enormously grateful to the MPs who support British beer.”