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PM defiant on minimum alcohol price

David Cameron will overrule Cabinet colleagues to introduce a minimum price for alcohol, it has been reported.

The Prime Minister is to brush aside concerns that the poorest will be hit hardest to push through the plans by the next election, according to The Times.

It claims a rate of 40p a unit was decided on at a meeting in No 10 earlier this week. That would mean the price of a bottle of super-strength cider could double.

Mr Cameron took the decision at a discussion chaired by Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood and attended by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, a fierce opponent of the scheme, Home Secretary Theresa May and Business Secretary Vince Cable, according to The Times.

A Department for Health spokesman said: "Decisions about the alcohol strategy will be announced when it is published in coming months, but the PM has already said we will look very carefully at the problem of very low cost alcohol."


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