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Tory government to introduce new taxes on alcohol

Published:  08 October, 2009

A Tory government will increase taxes on low price alcohol and crackdown on late-night licensing to stop teenagers getting drunk "quickly and cheaply".

Shadow home secretary, Chris Grayling, told the Conservative Party conference in Manchester that he would impose a new "alco-tax" levy on retailers selling drinks after 10.30pm and allow local councils to revoke licenses of shops that attracted groups of youths.

While Grayling said the tax risers would not affect "responsible drinkers" he said they would "call time on the drinks that fuel anti-social behaviour".

The conference was told that a Conservative government would ban supermarkets from selling alcohol below cost price, and duty would treble on alcopops and double on super-strength cider.

He also warned of "much bigger fines" for licensees that sold alcohol to under-age drinkers.

Last year there were a reported 973,000 violent alcohol induced attacks in the UK.