Welcome to the website for CAMRA branches in Scotland and Northern Ireland
The aims of the Campaign for Real Ale – CAMRA are:
- To protect and improve consumer rights.
- To promote quality, choice and value for money.
- To support the public house as a focus of community life.
- To campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture.
- To seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry
CAMRA is a non-profit, consumer organisation with 192375 members. The aim of this website is to act as a portal for all eleven CAMRA branches located in Scotland and Northern Ireland. With over 200 local CAMRA branches throughout the UK, CAMRA Scotland and Northern Ireland Branches (SNIB) is one of 16 regional areas and represents a steadily increasing membership in excess of 5500.
Parliamentary Achievement Award
Neil Bibby, Labour MSP for West Scotland, has been presented with a prestigious Parliamentary Achievement Award by consumer organisation CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
The award is presented to the parliamentarian who has played the biggest part in campaigning to protect and promote pubs, breweries and beer drinkers.
In its 50th Anniversary year, CAMRA decided to give the accolade to Mr Bibby in recognition of his work to pass the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Act 2021 into law earlier this year.
It followed several years of campaigning by Neil Bibby together with organisations like CAMRA and the Scottish Licenced Trade Association.
Neil’s new law will help to ensure that those running tied pubs are treated fairly and can earn a decent living through the introduction of a statutory pubs code governing the relationship between tied pub tenants and pub-owning businesses, as well as an Adjudicator to enforce the rules.
As well as helping publicans earn a decent living, the Tied Pubs Act will also allow them more choice over which beers they stock, instead of having to buy a restricted range of stock at increasingly high prices from the pub-owning company.
Commenting, Neil Bibby MSP said:
“It is an honour to receive this award from CAMRA and to be the first Member of the Scottish Parliament to do so. I hope that my work in taking the Tied Pubs Bill through the Scottish Parliament will help regulate the behaviour of big brewing giants and deliver more choice for pub-goers. CAMRA have been right behind the Tied Pubs Bill from day one and it has been a pleasure working with them to improve the law for publicans and consumers.
“Our campaign was always about fairness, choice and jobs – fairness for publicans, choice for consumers and protecting jobs in Scotland’s pub and brewing industries. Those principles matter as much now, as the pub sector recovers from the Covid crisis, as they did when we began this journey almost five years ago. What we have achieved will deliver a better deal for Scotland’s pub-goers.”
CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona added:
“Neil has long been a champion for the beer and pub industry, standing up for the rights of tied pub tenants to make sure that they are treated fairly and can earn a decent living.
“His efforts over many years to introduce and build cross-party support for his Tied Pubs Act have secured much-need changes to the law to help protect and improve community pubs, support tied licensees and increase choice of local, independent beers on offer at the bar.
“We are delighted to present Neil with CAMRA’s Parliamentary Achievement Award for his work on behalf of beer drinkers, pub goers and tied pub tenants in the West of Scotland and across the country.”
Ray Turpie, who presented the award to Neil Bibby on behalf of CAMRA’s Awards Committee, said:
“It has been a pleasure to work with Neil over several years to secure these much-needed protections in law for pubs and publicans. His award is richly deserved, and marks the first time in recent memory that this prestigious award has been presented to a parliamentarian outside of Westminster.”
New Regional Director Required
The current Scotland and Northern Ireland Director (SNID), Joe Crawford, is stepping down from the role. Nominations are now open to elect his replacement. Full details of the election procedures and nomination form can be found here.
Interested parties should send their nomination (an indication that they are willing to stand with the names of a proposer and seconder who are CAMRA members from different branches) to Lindsay Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org or 130 Chirnside Road, Glasgow, G52 2LH. They should also send attach a short biography about themselves and why they feel they should have the position of SNID.
The closing date for nominations is 31st December 2021 and the election will be held on 5th February 2022.