London Major Boris Johnson has become the latest high-profile Conservative to criticise the Government’s plans to introduce a minimum price of alcohol. In his column for the Evening Standard, Johnson said: “I think there are better ways of dealing with this. It’s very regressive. It hits poorest people hardest.” The Government’s plans for a 45p-per-unit minimum price, championed by David Cameron, have previously met with opposition from others in the Conservative Party. Last year the Mail on Sunday reported that Home Office minister Jeremy Browne was among those who opposed the measure. It quoted a source close to Browne saying: “Jeremy’s view is that the thug who has downed nine cans of lager is hardly going to think, ‘Oh dear, I can’t afford a tenth because of minimum pricing. I think I’ll go home to bed instead of starting a brawl’. Jeremy maintains that the middle-class woman in Oxfordshire who drinks a £10 bottle of Chablis every other night will not be affected because it won’t go up in price and she can afford it anyway. But the working-class woman in Oldham who drinks a cheap bottle of Lambrini will be hit because it will cost more.” The legality of introducing minimum pricing is also unclear. The European Commission has previously warned that it could breach competition laws, and Scotland’s move to introduce minimum pricing is facing legal challenges.