BOLTON West MP Chris Green MP is calling for a cut in beer duty in tomorrow's Budget.

The Conservative backbencher wants new Chancellor Rishi Sunak to make the move to help save pubs from closure.

He has pledged his support for the 'Long Live the Local Campaign' and signed its petition on the issue.

So far more than 250,000 people have put their names to the document, including 462 in Bolton West and Atherton.

Currently £1 in every £3 pounds spent in UK pubs goes to the taxman.

British drinkers now pay 40 per cent of all beer tax across the EU, but drink only 12 per cent of the beer. Seven in ten alcoholic drinks served in pubs are beer.

Mr Green MP said: “Pubs are at the heart of communities across Bolton West and Atherton, but with three British pubs closing their doors for good every day the government should consider a cut to beer tax.

"I’m supporting the 'Long Live the Local' campaign and calling on the Chancellor to cut beer tax at this year’s Budget to support pubs in our local communities.”

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:: "We hope that the Government listens to MPs across Parliament and the thousands of people across the country who are calling for a cut in beer tax to protect our pubs.”