Hundreds of UK election candidates have pledged their support for reforming the way beer is distributed to pubs.
The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) said that “beer tie” arrangements are currently pushing up the price of beverages in bars in the UK, as some publicans are paying 50 per cent more for their beer than they would on the free market.
In total, 650 prospective parliamentary candidates have signed the pledge, which Camra said showed “unprecedented” support for its reforms.
Mike Benner, the organisation’s chief executive, said: “The widespread level of support from every political party for community pubs, local brewers and consumers is a milestone in Camra’s history.”
He added that the political pressure will cause larger pubs to reform their system for the purchase of beer.
Camra is also currently asking pubgoers to fill in a beer industry research questionnaire to establish the importance of mild beers within the UK industry. It is part of the organisation’s ale of the month programme, entitled Mild in May.