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Tories support minimum alcohol pricing in Wales

The Welsh Conservatives are supporting moves to introduce minimum alcohol pricing in Wales. That's despite a controversial decision last year by David Cameron to drop a similar plan for England. The Prime Minister feared it would be 'unworkable' and open to legal challenge.

But the party's Shadow Health Minister in the Assembly, Darren Millar, says it can work in Wales.

Minimum price only targets problem drinkers says minister

Health Minister Mark Drakeford has welcomed today's expert report on minimum alcohol pricing which he says adds to the evidence that the move would help cut problem drinking.

And he says it won't have any impact on social drinkers.

Most people whose budgets are tight are sensible drinkers, the drink they buy will already be above the 50p minimum price per unit we propose. The evidence in today's report is that this will not have an impact on people who are living in pretty modest circumstances. It will help us to target people whose drinking has gone beyond that."

Most people whose budgets are tight are sensible drinkers, the drink they buy will already be above the 50p minimum price per unit we propose. The evidence in today's report is that this will not have an impact on people who are living in pretty modest circumstances. It will help us to target people whose drinking has gone beyond that.

– Mark Drakeford AM, Health Minister

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M4 decision 'could have been handled better' says Labour AM

Labour's Mick Antoniw tells Political Editor Adrian Masters that the Welsh Government's decision on the M4 relief road project 'could have been handled better.'

He's a member of the Environment Committee which completed its report into the plan today. Other Labour members are also said to be disappointed that the announcement was made before the committee finished its scrutiny.

Political opponents pledge 'a new start'

During their first Commons encounter since the reshuffle, the new Welsh Secretary and his Labour shadow agreed to use the opportunity of the reshuffle to make 'a fresh start' in relations between Welsh and UK Governments.

We have an opportunity for a new start in the relationship between Wales and the Uk Government here at Westminster because I think it's true to say that many people in Wales have been disheartened by the level of acrimony between politicians in Wales and Westminster and perhaps even across this aisle.

– Owen Smith MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Let's use this opportunity to draw a line under all this and restore a much more constructive tone in our dialogue and work towards achieving positive things for people and businesses in Wales because that's what they're looking for.

– Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales