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85 MPs sign up for shift behind a bar

December 20, 2023 by admin in Don in Bath, News

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group’s initiative to get MPs behind a bar has gained further momentum as 85 have now signed up to the scheme.

Bath MP Don Foster is the latest politician pledging to do a shift at the Abbeys Assembly Inn, run by Bath brewery Abbey Ales. His shift has been scheduled for Thursday 22 December at 3pm.

Abbey Ales managing director Alan Morgan said: “Don has always been very supportive of Abbey Ales and Bath’s pub trade in general.

“Issues such as record levels of red tape and beer tax need addressing if we are to help protect this great British institution and promote responsible drinking - our MPs can help make that happen.”

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Scottish Premier League right to look at safe standing

December 19, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Commenting on the announcement from the Scottish Premier League that it would allow pilots of safe standing terraces at football stadiums in Scotland, Don Foster MP said:

“The SPL is right to take an objective view of safe standing in Scottish football.

“There is evidence from across the world that standing can be completely safe. Safe standing is preferable to the status quo, where fans frequently stand in sections designed only for sitting.

“Scotland is adding itself to a long list of countries where decisions on stadium design are taken on the basis of evidence. Government and football authorities south of the border should watch these pilots closely and think carefully about their own policies.”

Information on Don’s Safe Standing Bill, which would have allowed safe standing at English stadiums in the top two leagues, can be found here: https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2010-11/safestandingfootballstadia.html

Don named as runner-up in the 2011 Sports Parliamentarian of the Year Awards

December 19, 2023 by admin in Don in Parliament, News

Don was today named as a runner-up in the Sports Parliamentarian of the Year Awards following a joint nomination from the West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) and the British Paralympic Association.

Don was instrumental in establishing ‘Team West of England’, a group which under his chairmanship has worked to achieve a regional legacy from the 2012 Games. Don’s efforts have also helped ensure that the University of Bath was chosen to host the ‘preparation camp’ for ParalympicsGB ahead of London 2012. Don’s knowledge and experience of the sector at a national level were also highlighted, as was his championing of equality of access to sport

Steve Nelson, Chief Executive of Wesport, said: “Don has an infectious enthusiasm for sport and on numerous occasions been the catalyst for achieving consensus among his political allies and rivals about the direction of travel for community sport, cultural activities and on London 2012.”

Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association, said: “Don continues to be an active and passionate advocate of Paralympic sport, and has built strong cross-party links with the BPA and other Paralympic organisations at both national and local level.”

At the awards dinner on 14 December the judges’ announced that that John Woodcock MP had been selected as the first ever Sports Parliamentarian of the Year for his efforts in the protection of bowling.

Commenting, judge Lord Addington stated:

“John pulled all the Parliamentary levers in his pursuit of better protection for a sport which really is at the heart of many communities”

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