Norwich MP welcomes minimum alcohol pricing

Norwich MP Chloe Smith helped design the government policy on the minimum pricing of alcohol. Credit: ITV News

Cabinet Office minister and Norwich North MP Chloe Smith has welcomed the publication of a consultation into minimum unit pricing for alcohol. Ms Smith played an early role in designing the policy while a Treasury minister.

She said: ""A minimum price is great news for Norwich pubs because it alters the balance with the off trade including action against cheap supermarket booze. It will help turn the tide against irresponsible 'pre-loading' which we see plenty of in Norwich on a Friday or Saturday night.

"Norwich should stay a great place for a safe night out, with less alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder - and less pressure on A&E."

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