John Spellar

Labour MP for Warley

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John Spellar MP criticises Chancellor over beer duty rise

The Chancellor’s hike in beer duty went through the Commons last night despite votes from Black Country MPs to block it.

Warley MP John Spellar said: “British beer drinkers pay the highest rate of tax in Europe. Cutting back on that has helped to revive the industry which plays out a part in community life. It’s not only the brewers, but also pubs and clubs which are affected.

Given the Brexit uncertainties, I wasn’t looking for a reduction this time, but a freeze would have been the right thing to do. Unfortunately the Chancellor of the Exchequer ‘Spreadsheet Phil’ as he is known to his Tory colleagues has set this progress back.”


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