Two candidates for the leadership of Scottish Labour told STV’s Scotland Tonight they could change the party’s policy against minimum pricing on alcohol, if they are elected into the top job.
Tom Harris, the Glasgow MP standing for the position said: “It’s time for Labour to admit we made a major mistake in the last Scottish Parliament. When the minority SNP government offered a ‘Sunset Clause’ on this, it was an opportunity for us to have this bill, see the actual effects of this legislation and then make a decision based on evidence.”
Questioned by presenter John MacKay, leadership hopeful Ken Macintosh MSP said: “Until now, our policy has been against minimum pricing, but we’re for tackling alcohol. We would join forces with the SNP in tackling Scotland’s drink culture.”
Responding on Twitter, the SNP’s Angus MacNeil called Tom Harris’s comments “quite a swipe” at his Labour opponents.
The SNP have reintroduced their plan for minimum pricing per unit after winning a majority in the Scottish Parliament.
Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "Scotland's unhealthy relationship with alcohol is one of the most pressing public health challenges facing us as a nation and we need to take action to tackle it.
"Here we have a second opportunity to add the missing piece in the legislative jigsaw: introducing minimum pricing. I urge my parliamentary colleagues to take it."
Last year the price was expected to be 45p per unit but no official limit has yet been set.
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