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A baseline cost of 45p per unit of alcohol was expected to be announced before May in an attempt to curb binge drinking.
Under the proposals:
- A bottle of wine costing £3.69 would cost at least £4.39
- A bottle of vodka costing £9 would cost at least £11.81
- A 12-pack of lager costing £8 would cost at least £9.50
Source: Wine and Spirit Trade Association
David Cameron will scrap plans for minimum alcohol pricing in England and Wales amid pressure from the Treasury, the Telegraph reported last night.
Backbench Conservative MPs reacted angrily to the reports of a u-turn:
Meanwhile Labour said a Conservative u-turn on minimum pricing would represent "weak leadership" and Liberal Democrat health spokesman Greg Mulholland went as far as proposing scrapping the beer duty escalator for economic reasons:
In response to suggestions that plans for minimum alcohol pricing might be scrapped, GP and Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston made her case on Twitter:
Shadow home office minister Diana Johnson said:
Tory backbenchers expressed dismay tonight amid suggestions that plans for minimum pricing of alcohol are being dropped.
David Cameron had thrown his weight behind the policy, which medical groups argue would save lives, but several MPs have suggested that the proposals will be shelved.
Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston wrote on Twitter: "Very concerned about suggestion that minimum pricing to be dropped from alcohol strategy."
Fellow Conservative Tracey Crouch said: "I really hope rumours of u-turn on minimum unit pricing for alcohol are not true."
Latest ITV News reports
David Cameron pledged today to stop cheap booze being sold in supermarkets but failed to commit to a minimum price on alcohol.