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Wiltshire soldier recognised for ebola work

Brigadier Stephen McMahon. Credit: ITV News

An army officer from Wiltshire will be awarded a medal from the Prime Minister, for his work fighting ebola.

Brigadier Stephen McMahon commanded nearly a thousand British troops in West Africa as they helped build hospitals and train healthcare workers.

Yesterday he was recognised for his work along with others from across the UK who risked their lives to tackle the epidemic.

Morrisons: Government intervention 'unprecedented'

Morrisons have responded to Government plans to bring in a minimum price for alcohol:

This is unprecedented intervention for the Government to set the retail price of a product which goes against basic rules of competitive markets.

If the Government thinks that price is a mechanism for addressing problem drinking, then from the 6th April it already has the power to raise duty or VAT that must be passed on to the consumer and the money going to the Exchequer.

– Morrisons spokesperson


Minimum alcohol pricing: Cider

The cider industry is extremely disappointed with the Government's new legislative approach. There has been no consultation despite the great impact this legislation could have on our industry, which contributes significantly to the local, rural economies where our members are based.

The NACM recognises that we must find a solution to alcohol misuse, but Minimum Unit Pricing is not a silver bullet, therefore a commitment to implement it without debate is not how we expect Government to operate.

– Henry Chevallier, Chair of the National Association of Cider Makers (NACM)

Minimum alcohol prices set

80% of alcohol purchases are made by 30% of the population, and this group are the main beneficiaries of discounted alcohol. Credit: ITV News

A minimum price per unit of alcohol will be introduced in England and Wales alongside plans to ban the sale of multi-buy discount deals, the Prime Minister has announced. Find out more about the proposals and whether you will be affected.