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Tories would scrap 24-hour drinking laws and oppose minimum pricing

17 September 2009 by
Tories would scrap 24-hour drinking laws and oppose minimum pricing

An MP has stated that if the Conservatives get into power they will repeal 24-hour drinking laws and will not support an advertising ban or minimum pricing.

Mike Penning, shadow health minister, told yesterday's Wine and Spirit Trade Association conference that round-the-clock drinking laws were flawed and that the party was "passionately committed to repealing 24-hour legislation".

"We will not support the advertising ban on alcohol, we do not support minimum pricing and we do not support the 24-hour laws," he said.

He expressed support for British pubs and clubs and the legislation preventing proxy purchasing of alcohol for those under the age of 18 as well as education for parents and children.

"We want to work with you for the good of the country and your business. We want to continue the great traditions of British pubs and clubs," he said.

Penning added that the Tories would cut duty on low-strength beers but increase it on high-strength ciders and lagers.

Barcardi Brown-Forman chief executive Mark De Witte, Direct Wine chief executive Simon McMurtrie and Sainsbury's beers wines and spirits category manager Justin James were amongst the other speakers at yesterday's WSTA conference in London.

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