Nicola Sturgeon Makes Final Bid to Save Pricing Plan

Nicola Sturgeon has made her final attempt to save her plans for alcohol minimum pricing by offering to introduce the measure for a trial period initially. During cross-party talks on Scotland’s binge drinking epidemic, the Health Minister said she was willing to include a sunset clause in legislation introducing a minimum price. The effectiveness of the controversial proposal in reducing drinking levels would be reviewed by MSPs after a few years, and they could then decide whether to persevere with it. But the opposition parties rejected the concession, meaning the plan is all but certain to be rejected when it is brought before the Scottish Parliament for a vote.

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