Licensee hits out at Brown "brush-off

By James Wilmore

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A licensee's bid to meet with Gordon Brown to discuss the idea of minimum pricing on alcohol pricing has failed. Ben Walters, lessee of the White...

A licensee's bid to meet with Gordon Brown to discuss the idea of minimum pricing on alcohol pricing has failed.

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

But a reply from 10 Downing Street said Gordon Brown has "many calls on his time" and will not be able to meet with Walters.

The licensee had also suggested that the government become a mortgage lender to help ease the property market.

Commenting on the response, Walters said: "It seems I've been given the typical politicians brush-off ignoring questions they don't like to hear.

"It was only in the last sentence of the letter that I invited Mr Brown down to the pub for a pint to chat about the solutions I've proposed - I never expected him to say "yes" anyway, but I did expect at least some kind of intelligent response to the two solutions I've proposed in the letter".

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