PM told minimum pricing is "common sense

By James Wilmore

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A licensee has written to Gordon Brown urging him to consider a minimum price on alcohol to help combat binge-drinking and alcohol-related issues.Ben...

A licensee has written to Gordon Brown urging him to consider a minimum price on alcohol to help combat binge-drinking and alcohol-related issues.

Ben Walters, lessee of the White Horse, in Epsom, Surrey, says setting a minimum price of 50p per unit would be the "common sense thing to do".

He told thepublican.com​ there were some "serious social spin-offs" from introducing a minimum price, such as making alcohol less available to young people.

"I regularly see groups of youngsters hanging around outside my local supermarket and the oldest looking one goes in and buys cans of lager for 40 or 50p for all of them," Walters said.

"If there was a minimum price they would not be able to afford it."

In his letter, he explains that a minimum price would also help "drive people into the local pub", a safe and regulated environment.

"Alcohol as we all know does cause some very serious health and social problems. I really believe that it cannot be left simply to "the market" to dictate its sale," the letter states.

He also proposes that the government become a mortgage lender to help ease the property market.

Walters signs off by inviting the Prime Minister into his pub for a pint and a chat.

Asked if he expects Gordon Brown to take him up on his offer, he said: "You hear these stories about him phoning people back, so you never know."

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