'Pint loving' Tory MP calls pubs 'vital source of constituency news'!
A British lawmaker has said that pubs in the country resemble a "real world" version of the House of Commons "where there are proper debates about real things".
Charlotte Leslie, the Toy MP for Bristol North West, described pubs as the heart of David Cameron's 'Big Society', and a vital source of constituency news.
Leslie spoke during a Commons debate on beer duty, which MPs warned was damaging the pub industry.
"All of us probably enjoy a pint, but why is this debate so important? It is about a bit more than a pint in the pub, although of course that is very important to a lot of us.," the Telegraph quoted Leslie, as saying.
"I am sure that I am not the only member present who, wanting to find out what is happening in the constituency, goes first of all to the pub and enjoys a nice pint at the same time," she said.
"If we are to talk about the big society, we should recognise that the pub is at the heart of it. It is a little-known fact that pubs donate more than 120 million dollars a year to charitable causes," she added.
According to the paper, Leslie received support from a minister in the Treasury, who claimed that pubs would benefit from plans to charge a minimum price for alcohol in a drive to eliminate cheap supermarket deals.