Well do you need a better reason? This letter sent to local CAMRA from the Surrey Heath Liberal Democrat candidate:
RE: Beer Drinkers and Pub Goers Charter
Thank you very much for writing to me about the CAMRA campaign for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights.
I am proud to be a signatory to the charter and to help bring attention to the much-needed support required for well-run community pubs, local brewers and consumer rights which all contribute to community life and boost the local economy.
Well-run pubs are important to tackling alcohol misuse, they are not part of the problem. Government policies, such as continually raising duty on beer and refusing to reform the beer tie, have led to a situation in which more than 5 pubs a day are said to be closing. It is hugely important that we stand up for the pub industry during these difficult times.
Liberal Democrats will continue to push for fairer alcohol taxation. We believe it should be levied in such as way to discourage irresponsible drinking but this should not be done at the cost of penalising responsible drinkers and hurting local industries.
Thank you once again for taking the time to contact me on this important matter. If you require any further information or assistance with this or any other issue, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Alan Hilliar Mr Alan Hilliar Parliamentary Candidate Surrey Heath Liberal Democrats