WEAVER Vale MP Mike Amesbury is calling on pub goers to help him pick the best public house in his constituency.

The politician wants suggestions on which pub to put forward for the new Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition.

Nominations can be made via his Facebook page where a poll will later be posted to help decide the overall winner.

Mr Amesbury said: “I’m the son of publicans and was raised in pubs so I’m a huge supporter of our great British pub trade.

“They’re not only an essential part of our communities in terms of the social aspect they provide, but the trade is also a huge employer both in my constituency and nationally.

“It’s been a difficult time for the trade in recent years so it’s even more important we celebrate it.”

Toby Perkins, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, added: “Pubs are crucial to our communities as well as to our economy.

"Britain’s pubs employ over one million people and pay around £9 billion in taxes.

"It is so important that we support our much loved locals, and I am delighted to hear that Mike Amesbury is doing that by nominating a pub, I wish the nominated pub well and hope they might make the final down in Parliament this autumn.”

Nominations can be made at facebook.com/MikeAmesburyMP