A PLEDGE to support pubs in North Shropshire has been made by the region's MP.

Helen Morgan has joined the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Pubs and has raised a glass for the local pub trade in her constituency.

It comes as many are facing a battle to stay open as the Cost of Living Crisis continues to bite.

The Lib Dem MP celebrated joining the group with a visit to Stonehouse Brewery in Oswestry, where she was given a sample of the local food and drinks, alongside a tour.

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She said: "Local pubs are at the centre of our communities across North Shropshire and we’re lucky enough to not only have brilliant boozers across the area but also have some of the finest ale in the country made in the constituency.

"Stonehouse is just one of many breweries based in North Shropshire that are truly local but have deservedly built a national reputation.

"However it’s a very difficult time for the local hospitality trade as prices rise across the board and energy costs set to spiral to a level which threatens many pubs viability.


"I’m delighted to join the APPG for pubs and look forward to working with Parliamentarians of all parties to do our bit to champion local ale and stand up for the pub trade in Parliament."

Mark Parkes, Interim West Midlands Regional Director at the Campaign for Real Ale, welcomed Helen’s support, as he talked about the rising costs of living.

He added: "Rising costs and energy bills mean this is a time of crisis for pubs, clubs, brewers and cider makers in North Shropshire, so it's more important than ever that the sector is well represented in Parliament.

"It's great to see Helen Morgan MP joining the Pubs APPG - for which CAMRA provides secretariat services - and getting out to enjoy a pint of local ale."