North West Durham MP Richard Holden MP has been given an award for his work supporting the hospitality industry.

He has been campaigning to highlight the vital role of pubs and clubs in towns and villages.

Mr Holden has received ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ for his work on behalf of the sector.

The Northern Echo: Richard Holden with his tankardRichard Holden with his tankard

He has used the opportunity to launch his ‘Pub of the Year 2022’ awards to recognise the best local pubs in North West Durham.  

Before the budget, Mr Holden pushed the Chancellor of the Exchequer to introduce a new lower rate of duty for draught beer.

This new lower rate of duty on draught beer will kick in from April 2023.

Mr Holden is currently campaigning to ensure that this will extend and be the case on all barrels and kegs, 20 litres or larger. 

He led calls for the extra financial support that the Government provided during the Coronavirus pandemic to help protect pubs in those difficult times.

Mr Holden said: “Pubs are the beating hearts of our communities.

“I love the pubs in my North West Durham constituency, and it is about time they were recognised for the role they play in our societies.

“I was also super happy to win ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ by the Beer Group for my work in dropping Beer Duty. 

“That is why I am today launching my ‘Pub of the Year Award’ 2022, to channel our admiration for their hard work. 

“My North West Durham constituents will nominate and vote for the best pubs in our area. Please use the following link in order to nominate your chosen pub:” 

The Northern Echo: The inscribed tankard The inscribed tankard

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Gavin Havery Chief Reporter The Northern Echo Priestgate Darlington DL1 1NF 0777 646 6801 @GavinHaveryEcho