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PM 'drops' minimum drink prices

Conservative backbenchers have expressed concern amid suggestions that David Cameron has been pressured into dropping plans for minimum pricing of alcohol by senior Cabinet ministers.

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Tory backbenchers 'very concerned' about pricing u-turn

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:

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