160517 Pub Parliamentarian of the Year Award merge Cropped

On Tuesday 17 May, North Oxfordshire MP Victoria Prentis attended the Annual Beer Awards in London. During the dinner and reception, Victoria was named Pub Parliamentarian of the Year in recognition of her support for pubs in her constituency. In particular, Victoria was congratulated for her “Pub Tours” which take place regularly, and give her an opportunity to meet and chat with constituents in an informal setting, at the same time as supporting local pubs.

After accepting the award, Victoria said: “I have always been a keen supporter of the beer and pub industry, not least because my husband is a CAMRA member and we make cider at home. I made representations to the Treasury about beer duty before the recent Budget statement, and my “Contact Victoria Prentis” beer mats are certainly a talking point.

As a new MP I didn’t think I would be in the running for the award, so I was amazed to hear my name read out. It was definitely my Pub Tours which impressed the judges.  Since I was selected as the Conservative candidate, I have visited over twenty pubs across my constituency as part of my tour. I find it provides a great opportunity to meet constituents, discuss issues of the day and get to know local publicans.

Pubs play a crucial social and economic role at the heart of our communities, so I will continue to do my bit for them. A date and destination for the next stop on my tour is yet to be confirmed but details are always posted on my website under the “Contact Victoria” tab.

The award – which rather appropriately is a silver tankard – will sit proudly on my desk in my Westminster office.”