Bolton North East MP Mark Logan has thrown his weight behind calls to cut duty for draught beer sold in pubs to help the industry recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

He has been joined by Bury South MP Christian Wakeford and Bury North MP James Daly writing to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, asking him to introduce a lower draught beer duty on beer sold in pubs and clubs.

In total 78 Conservative MPs, including former cabinet ministers Sir Iain Duncan-Smith and Karen Bradley, have written to the Chancellor calling for the introduction of specific "draught beer duty".

The plan, which would see pubs pay lower duty on draught beer than is paid by supermarkets on bottles and cans would target support to Britain’s pub trade.

They argue a lower beer duty on draught sales in pubs, clubs and bars - compared to a higher duty on supermarket sales - would be a "huge boost" to the hospitality sector as a whole, and wet pubs in particular.

Mr Logan said: "Bolton’s pubs provide a welcoming place to bring friends and communities together, helping to protect our livelihoods.

"Over 98 per cent of all beer drunk in pubs is brewed in Britain. Cutting duty on draught beer will provide targeted help and support to our pubs and our popular Bolton breweries.”

Keith Bott, owner of Titanic Brewery & former chair of SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, who is coordinating the campaign said: "I would like to thank Mark Logan MP for his support to support Britain’s pubs and breweries by backing a Draught Beer Duty cut.

"This has been an extremely difficult year, and with the extra costs of being Covid safe, many pubs are facing an uncertain future.

"This cut will help publicans and Brewers, and allow them to survive and invest in their futures."