Monday, 12 October 2009

Conservatives will crack down on binge drinkers

Tories will introduce new taxes on alcohol as part of a crackdown on drunken anti-social behaviour in Britain’s city centres.

Supermarkets will be banned from selling alcohol at below cost price and taxes on alco-pops and super-strength beer will be rapidly increased under the Conservative plans. Local councils will also be able to charge higher fees for pubs and clubs wishing to open after 11pm.

The Conservatives will “tear up” the Government’s new licensing regime and pledged to give local residents the power to block late alcohol licenses. Chris Grayling, the Tory shadow home secretary, said that the measures would be unpopular with the drinks industry but said “it’s right to put the interests of communities ahead of the interests of business”.

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