Your views wanted on minimum pricing of alcohol

A member of the county council’s executive is urging members of the public to come and give their views on minimum unit pricing of alcohol at an upcoming event.

The issue has been given increased attention recently, thanks to the council’s Labour group announcing a plan to use lower alcohol prices as a way of attracting people from Scotland to the county.

Anita Romer, executive member for health and public protection, said: “It’s really important that people come along and let the council know what they think about minimum unit pricing – we want to hear as wide a range of views as possible.

“We all had a good chuckle at Labour’s ‘booze tourism’ plan, but I am happy that it helped to raise the profile of this serious and important issue.

“At last week’s council meeting I took the opportunity to invite Labour’s Grant Davey along – his ‘booze tourism’ policy has attracted a lot of criticism from all sides, including his own party’s MPs, but I want to give him the chance to explain and defend his position publicly.”

The meeting at Morpeth’s Corn Exchange will start at 6.15pm on Monday.

The panel will include Professor Sue Milner, Northumberland’s director of health and public protection, and the views given will help to shape the council’s response to the Government’s consultation on the issue.