Left to right: Gavin Shuker MP, Charles Ireland Diageo GB, David Lidington MP & Steve Baker Chair NPW
2/11/17: Secretary of State for Justice, David Lidington welcomed finalists and guests to the 2017 Diageo National Pubwatch Awards. The awards dinner was again held in the prestigious surroundings of the House of Commons member’s dining room.
Mr Lidington recounted his experience of the work of his own local pubwatch scheme in Aylesbury The award winning scheme was set up following a serious incident in 1994 when several people where seriously injured in a town centre pub. He spoke about the impact the incident had on the reputation of the town centre and how the efforts of the Pubwatch members and local police had led to significant improvements in the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour.
He praised the work of the 2017 award finalists and thanked them for the innovative work that they were undertaking to make the night time economy safer for all.