Amber Valley’s Nigel Mills aimed to be toasted the best MP pint-puller of 2016, while also showing his support for the role of pubs in society.
Mr Mills was caught pulling a pint at a reception held in Birmingham to stress the importance of pubs and breweries.
The event was organised by Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and Westminster’s All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, whose job is to promote pubs and their contribution to the economy and to employment. It coincided with the Conservative Party Conference, which was being held in Birmingham.
Mr Mills lost out in the pint-pulling stakes to Graham Evans, MP for Weaver Vale in Cheshire. But he was happy to back the more serious subject of halting the alarming trend of four pubs closing in the UK every day.
The event was hosted at The Brasshouse pub on Broad Street, which is run by Stonegate Pub Company, owners of 660 boozers across the country and employer of 12,000 people. Stonegate’s boss Ian Payne said: “The skill in expertly pulling a pint is often underestimated!”