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CAMRA members descend on Westminster

The Unicorn in Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, is one pub that's suffered Credit: ITV Anglia

3 million fewer UK adults are visiting the pub on a regular basis.

The figure comes as CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, organises the biggest campaigning event in its 40 year history.

Over 1,200 of its members - as well as other members of the beer and pub industry - are descending upon Parliament today for a Mass Lobby, calling for an end to the damaging beer duty escalator.

Members of the organisation have travelled from across the UK to speak to their MP as new figures show that since the beer duty escalator - a policy causing duty on beer to automatically increase by 2% above inflation every year - was introduced in 2008.

Micro-brewing is ale and hearty says new beer guide

A drinker sups a pint of real ale at last year's Great British Beer Festival Credit: PA

There are more independent breweries in the region than ever, new research has revealed.

The number of breweries in the UK has topped 1,000, the highest figure for over 70 years, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

The figures have been revealed in the latest edition of the group's Good Beer Guide.

More than 1,000 new pubs are featured in the 2013 Guide, which marks Camra's 40th anniversary, taking the total to 4,500.

The Queen's Head, Newton, Cambridgeshire is one of seven pubs which have appeared in every edition of the guide.