Labour pledges to review minimum unit pricing

The Labour Party has pledged to review the evidence on minimum unit pricing if it secures a majority in the upcoming general election.

It delivered its manifesto today and promised to address alcohol-related health problems, while ramping up addiction support services.

“Alcoholic drinks will be labelled with clear health warnings,” it said. “We will review the evidence on minimum pricing.”

Scotland introduced MUP last year and Wales is set to follow suit with a minimum price of 50p from March 2, 2020, after the National Assembly approved the measure earlier this month.

Lobbyists are pushing for England to adopt it too, but Conservative leader Boris Johnson is known to be sceptical of so-called sin taxes like MUP. He has pledged to review them and he also said he would consider reducing alcohol duty if the Conservatives win a majority.

They are the heavy, odds-on favourites to secure the most seats at the December 12 election, while Labour are out at 10/1 and the Lib Dems are out at 100/1 with some bookmakers.

They published their manifesto earlier this week and it included a pledge to legalise recreational cannabis use. Today leader Jo Swinson said she smoked weed at univiersity and thoroughly enjoyed it. Her party believes it would give the UK a £1.5 billion annual boost through duty income and savings for the police force, while helping to eradicate criminal gangs.

Yet right now a Conservative victory looks on the cards.

Two-thirds of drinks retailers believe a Conservative victory would offer the best outcome in next month’s general election. 

We polled hundreds of retailers across the country to gauge their opinions as the nation prepares to go to the polls on December 12. 

Sixty-seven per cent of UK drinks trade members said the Conservatives would be the best party for the future health of the industry. Nineteen per cent believe a Liberal Democrat victory would be the best result, while just 11% opted for Labour and 3% went for smaller parties. 

The vote of confidence in the Tories comes in spite of the party’s determination to see the UK leave the EU. More than four-fifths of UK drinks industry insiders oppose Brexit and wish to see the UK remain in the EU, but they still feel that the Conservatives would be a better overall choice for the trade.

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