MP JOHN Healey has welcomed news that the price of pint is coming down.

The Chancellor announced a beer tax cut in the Budget, and Mr Healey asked him to do just that on last year's Budget Day to stop pub closures and falling beer sales.

The beer-loving MP repeated his calls earlier this month in joining a campaign calling for a freeze in beer duty.

Mr Healey told the Chancellor earlier this month: “Beer is a great British industry and tradition; the temporary beer duty escalator was set to end last year and is now doing great damage to our pubs and brewers. Every year you extend the escalator makes it harder for the industry to recover.“

Mr Healey said: “The beer and pub industry is worth millions to the local economy, and people rightly value their local as the hub of their community."