Scots politicians seek common ground in alcohol debate

04 August, 2010

Politicians in Scotland are meeting today (Wednesday) to try to find some common ground in their quest to tackle problem drinking.

The ruling SNP group is pressing on with its proposals for minimum pricing, despite being outvoted on the issue by opposition groups, and has pledged to declare its preferred level soon. This is widely predicted to be 50p per unit of alcohol.

Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon has invited MSPs to a meeting at Holyrood this afternoon in which she hopes to convince all parties that minimum pricing would be the best policy.

Opposition spokespeople remain unconvinced that minimum pricing would work, but have pledged to take a constructive approach to the talks in an attempt to find common ground in the battle to curb Scotlandís problematic relationship with alcohol.




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